Gloria Carter of Afton was home watching television. Her husband Bud had gone to bed. Suddenly she shouted upstairs, "Honey, come down. I've got to show you something!"
That "something" was a Decades of Dollars ticket from the Virginia Lottery. Ms. Carter had matched all six numbers in the May 10 drawing to win the top prize of either $250,000 per year for 30 years or a one-time cash option of $4 million before taxes. However, it took not just her husband, but phone calls to both of her sisters to confirm the numbers before Ms. Carter believed she really had the winning ticket.
"It's a great feeling!" she told Virginia Lottery officials.
The winning numbers were 5-11-17-25-28-41. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.
She bought the ticket at Royal Mart, 185 East Broad Street in Waynesboro. On May 17, she returned to the store to receive her check from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. Ms. Carter chose the cash option of $4 million.