Three people in the region are waking up with a new title this year: millionaire. The Virginia Lottery drew three top prize tickets, as part of its annual New Year's Millionaire Raffle on Sunday. Those three tickets are each worth a million dollars.
One of those winning tickets was sold at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Great Falls, which is in Fairfax County. The winning numbers were 3-1-0 2-9-8. The other two top prize tickets were bought in Mecklenberg and Augusta counties. In addition to the million dollar winners, six other tickets were chosen for a $25,000 prize.
There were also 300 tickets sold that were worth $500 each. To check to see if the raffle ticket you bought is worth anything, log on to the Virginia Lottery website at http://www.valottery.com.
In other lottery news, people who play Powerball will need to bring some extra money. The price of a Powerball ticket is doubling from $1 to $2 starting Jan. 15. Powerball officials are justifying the price hike by removing several numbers from the drawing, which will make the odds of winning better than before.
The starting jackpot is also doubling, jumping from $20 million up to $40 million. Powerball is played in the District, Maryland and Virginia.