Sterling's Robin Lawler received quite the birthday surprise March 5 when she found her Millionaire Maker lottery ticket was worth $1 million, according to an announcement today from Virginia Lottery.
After buying and scratching the ticket at the Harris Teeter at 21399 Epicerie Plaza in Sterling, she initially thought she'd won $600, texting her friend excitedly before examining the ticket more closely and realizing, to her astonishment, she was greatly mistaken.
"I blanked!" Lawler told Lottery officials. "I looked at it and said, 'What is this?'"
She opted to receive the prize money in a one-time cash option of $601,684 before taxes, rather than taking the full $1 million in installments over 30 years. The Harris Teeter will also receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.
Per Virginia Lottery's announcement, Lawler beat odds of 244,800 to one to claim the top prize in Millionaire Maker. Six more $1 million prizes in the series remain unclaimed.
Loudoun County received more than $17.8 million in Lottery funds for K-12 public education last fiscal year, according to officials. More information on the Virginia Lottery is available at valottery.com.