Woman discovers VA lottery win while picking up husband from doctor. ‘I started shaking’

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South Hill woman wins $300k from Virginia Lottery scratch-off

A woman turned her scratch-off into a six-figure win while picking up her husband from a doctor’s appointment, Virginia lottery officials say.

Brenda Cross of South Hill said she had a lucky feeling while in the car - she had partially scratched off one of the tickets she bought from a Shell gas station nearby and saw winning numbers.

“I said, ‘Let me stop here and scratch the rest of it,’” she told lottery officials. “I think I won $1,000 or $1,500.”

But she soon discovered it was actually a lot more. She became the first top-prize winner in the state’s Crossword Inferno game, scoring $300,000.

“I started shaking,” Cross said, according to lottery officials.

Her chances of winning the top prize were 1 in 734,400. Cross told lottery officials she plans to use the money to “take care of her family” and pay bills.

Two more $300,000 tickets have yet to be claimed.

South Hill is about 76 miles north of Raleigh.