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Virginia man wins lottery jackpot nine years after $1 million win

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Ben Hooper
A Virginia man whose non-winning scratch-off ticket won the top prize in a drawing previously claimed a $1 million jackpot nine years earlier. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery
A Virginia man whose non-winning scratch-off ticket won the top prize in a drawing previously claimed a $1 million jackpot nine years earlier. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery

Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who collected a $28,170 lottery prize is no stranger to the winner's circle -- he won a $1 million jackpot nine years earlier.

The Virginia Lottery said Michael Smolko entered a non-winning Golden Nugget Scratcher ticket in the Virginia Lottery's Ultimate Vegas Getaway Promotion and his ticket was picked from 132,000 entries in the July 30 drawing.

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The prize for the drawing was a Las Vegas trip for the winner and five friends that includes round-trip airfare, four nights at the Golden Nugget, spending money and more, but Smolko elected to take the cash option, a one-time payment of $28,170 before taxes.

Smolko's win comes just nine years after he collected a $1 million top prize from a $5 Million Club Scratcher ticket.

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