VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Norfolk man won the $3,500,000 top prize in a lottery scratcher game at a Virginia Beach gas station.
Joe Burke came into the BP One at 3711 Holland Road during his lunch break to grab a soda. He also bought a scratcher ticket and walked out a millionaire.
“All I saw was a bunch of zeros!” he said. “I just looked at it because I couldn’t believe it!”
He walked out of the store without telling anyone.
“I’m kind of in denial,” he said as he claimed his prize. “It feels like a dream. Now it’s time to wake up.”
Burke is the first player to claim the top prize of the $3,500,000 Ultimate Millions Scratcher game. The chances of winning the top prize in this game are 1 in 1,305,600.
Burke chose to take the one time cash option of $1,966,292 before taxes.