The Virginia Lottery hit Loudoun in a big way this week, with two area participants each winning $1 million.
Saul Tejada of Sterling and Norma Chhaunker of Leesburg both are significantly richer, with the former accruing his money from a scratch-off ticket and the latter winning a Powerball drawing.
Tejada didn't even initially realize he had won a million dollars. Tejada stopped with a friend at a 7-Eleven on Annandale Road in Annandale to purchase a drink when he picked up a $120 Million Cash Blowout scratch-off ticket.
“I just put it in my pocket and kept going,” Tejada said. “I didn't even think about it.”
As his friend drove, Tejada sat in the passenger's seat and scratched off the ticket, realizing he won the top prize.
“I couldn't believe it,” Tejada told Lottery officials.
Tejada, a carpet installer, opted to take a one-time cash option of $564,000 before taxes rather than receive his full prize in annual payments for 25 years.
There are 20 $1 million dollar prizes for the $120 Million Cash Blowout game. Tejada is the 19th million dollar winner.
The Annandale store that sold Tejada the winning ticket received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The second winner didn't even realize she won $1 million -Chhaunker initially thought she earned just $250,000 from the Powerball ticket she purchased at the Sheetz on Edwards Ferry Road.
But on the March 16 Powerball drawing, Chhaunker matched five of the six numbers, missing just the Powerball number of 16, winning her a cool million.
“You only hit five,” Chhaunker's husband joked. “Why didn't you hit six?”
If Chhaunker had correctly guessed all six, she would have won $216 million.
Chhaunker used Easy Pick and allowed a computer to randomly pick her numbers.
In addition to receiving a check for $1 million dollars, the Sheetz in Leesburg received $10,000 for selling a winning ticket.
The $338 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Passaic, NJ.
Photos courtesy of Virginia Lotto