When Diane Arrington of Roanoke scratched her Millionaire Mania ticket from the Virginia Lottery, she quickly saw that it was no ordinary ticket.
"We couldn't believe it," she later said. "We sat down to think about it."
Ms. Arrington and her husband bought the ticket at Peters Creek Crown Gas Station, 1805 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
In Millionaire Mania, $500,000 is actually the second prize. The game's top prize is $2 million. Ms. Arrington is the game's first $500,000 winner, which means five half-million-dollar tickets remain unclaimed. All three $2 million tickets remain unclaimed.
Ms. Arrington said she intends to use her winnings to pay bills.