Virginia

Alexandria Man Buys His First-Ever Lottery Ticket, Wins $555K

It only takes one ticket to win.

Anthony Scinta had never bought a lottery ticket, but his beginner's luck was on his side when he bought a Power 5s ticket at the 7-Eleven on Landsdowne Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The ticket won the game’s top prize of $555,555.

“I’m glad I took the chance,” Scinta said. “Maybe I’ll try it one more time.”

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Scinta, who is retired, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings.

Scinta is the third person to claim the top prize. There still are two more unclaimed in this game, according to a Virginia Lottery release.

The chances of winning the top prize in Power 5s are 1 in 1,468,500. The chances of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 4.36.

Scinta lives in Fairfax County, which received nearly $31.2 million in lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year, according to the Virginia Lottery.

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