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Postal Worker Wins Jackpot on $10 Million Scratch-Off Ticket

Postal Worker Wins Jackpot on $10 Million Scratch-Off Ticket
Woody Simmons claims his $10 million prize. (Virginia Lottery)

By    |   Friday, 03 November 2017 09:45 AM

A postal worker won a jackpot worth $10 million from a scratch-off ticket in the new Virginia Lottery game Extreme Millions.

Woody Simmons told Virginia Lottery officials he stopped last week at the Optimax Service Center in Woodbridge, where he often shops, and decided to purchase a ticket in the new game.

"I just screamed in my car with all the windows up," said Simmons, of Hyattsville, Maryland, after scratching off the ticket and discovered he was a winner, per lottery officials.

Simmons’ was the first of four $10 million prizes in the game, they said, adding the game also includes $1 million second prizes.

Despite his initial excitement, Simmons decided to keep the win to himself until he returned to Virginia on Tuesday to claim the prize, The Washington Post reported.

"He didn't tell anyone he won, not even his wife," John Hagerty, a spokesman for the Virginia Lottery, told the Post. Hagerty said when Simmons did fess up to her, "she didn't believe it."

Simmons beat odds of 1 in 2,937,600 in purchasing the big winning ticket, Virginia Lottery officials said, and he decided to take the one-time cash option of $6,570,302 before taxes.

The Post said that despite the big win, Simmons plans to go back to work while making plans on how to spend the money.

"He said he is looking at his options," Hagerty told the Post, adding he is meeting with a financial adviser.

Lottery officials said that the Optimax Service Center won a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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