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Virginia man lets clerk choose lottery ticket, wins $225,000

By Ben Hooper
A Virginia man won a $225,000 lottery prize after instructing a store clerk to choose a scratch-off ticket for him. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery
A Virginia man won a $225,000 lottery prize after instructing a store clerk to choose a scratch-off ticket for him. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery

Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who instructed a store clerk to choose a random scratch-off lottery ticket ended up winning $225,000.

David Strawderman told Virginia Lottery officials he was on a winning streak with Scratcher games, so he decided to keep the string going and asked a clerk to use his winnings to buy another ticket.

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"Pick my one," Strawderman recalled telling the clerk at the 7-Eleven store in Waynesboro.

The clerk handed Strawderman a $5 In the Money ticket, which he scratched off the reveal the $225,000 top prize.

"I went all numb," he said. "I was completely shocked."

Strawderman said he does not yet have a plan for spending his windfall.

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