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Disputanta man wins $1 million in Redskins Legacy game

Truck driver bought winning ticket in Chester

Tim Mackin of Disputanta was on a winning streak. He had stopped at the 7-Eleven at 12120 Harrowgate Road in Chester for a cup of coffee. While he was there he started playing Virginia Lottery games. He won a few games and used the winnings to buy more tickets. Finally he told the clerk, “Just give me two Redskins Legacy tickets. I’ve had enough fun for today.”

For him, the fun was just beginning. One of those tickets turned out to be a $1 million winner.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said later. “The clerks in the store were screaming. They took my picture.”

On January 20, he returned to the store to receive his check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. He had a choice between taking the full $1 million over 25 years or an immediate cash option of $622,000. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Mr. Mackin, who describes himself as a big Redskins fan, said the prize will come in handy because he is close to retirement from his job as a truck driver. However, his wife disagrees that he will ever retire. “He’s a workaholic,” she said.

Redskins Legacy is a unique game that features seven different collectible tickets, each with a different Redskins logo used during the team’s history. Players can enter non-winning tickets in the “Stay in the Game Sweepstakes” to try to win season tickets for 2011 and for 10 years. Go to www.valottery.com to enter by February 3, 2011.

Mr. Mackin is the second $1 million winner in the Redskins Legacy game, which means one million-dollar ticket remains unclaimed.

The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery raised more than $430.2 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2010. That represents about 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. For more information, visit www.valottery.com. Follow the Virginia Lottery on Facebook and Twitter. Please play responsibly.

Click here for a photo of the winner, Tim Mackin (right), with his wife Faye (left) and Paula Otto.

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Now you just have to hope that he just happened to get an itch to scratch some lottery tickets that day....and isn't the type to blow a significant portion of his winnings gambling for even more, in the lottery or at a casino.

Because the sad reality is that MANY of the people who play scratch tickets at gas stations, etc., are really gambling addicts....they just don't have enough money to participate in any larger-stakes gambling. I saw it all the time working as a clerk in a gas station near my school last year. Its a sad, sad addiction. People would spend hours scratching tickets, winning 5 dollars, spending 20 more on tickets, winning nothing, spending 20 more, winning ten, spending 30 more, winning nothing. Asking us to lend them money, because they're "so close". Saw it all the time.

I hope for this guy's sake that he's not one of them, and he'll just enjoy his winnings and chalk it up to a VERY lucky day :)

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Man this is crazy, I live in Prince George County which Disputanta is a small town located in Prince George. Last year another guy won $1 million from the Redskins scratch off tickets and that guy was from Disputanta. Thats two out of six tickets from the last two years that was won from someone from Disputanta.

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