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People get excited as the Powerball jackpot swells to $360 million. News4's Richard Jordan reports.
A Virginia man recently won the lottery. Again.
As in, for the fourth time.
Melvyn Wilson, of Woodbridge, just won $500,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Millionaire Mania scratch-off game. In 2005, he won $1 million in a scratch-off game, and the same year he collected a $500,000 check.
A year earlier he won $25,000. He's now won a total of $2,025,000.
Unsurprisingly, Wilson has earned a nickname for his lottery loot: "Mr. Lucky." But he has a different strategy than other lottery winners. Wilson plays scratch-off games, not the giant-jackpot Mega Millions or Powerball games that are grabbing attention this week.
Asked to explain his luck, Wilson said he is just in the right place at the right time.
And just what IS that place? He said he buys from different locations, but in the latest win Wilson bought the winning ticket at Handy Dandy Market at 13316 Occoquan Road.
Wilson retired from the postal service in 2007, two years after his 2005 wins. When lottery officials asked what he does with the money, he had a suitably winning response:
"I invest in Melvyn," he said.
For those of you with your eye on a bigger prize, the Powerball jackpot was up to an estimated $360 million jackpot as of Wednesday morning. But that number is sure to rise as purchases are made throughout the day. Ticket sales end at 10 p.m. Wednesday, with the drawing at 11 p.m.
The odds of taking home the grand prize are one in 175,223,510, according to the Virginia Lottery.
The Mega Millions jackpot was up to $190 million. That drawing will be held Friday.