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ABINGDON — Elvin Jennings of Hillsville knows a thing or two about winning big in the Virginia Lottery, according to gaming officials.
Back in 1996, the Hillsville man won $25,000, according to the Virginia Lottery. Now he’s won $100,000.
He matched all five numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game to win the top prize, said a lottery news release.
“I don’t feel any different,” he said as he claimed his prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Abingdon customer service center. “I’m tickled to death.”
He bought the winning ticket for the Jan. 18 Cash 5 day drawing at Hillsville Family Mart at 205 West Stuart Drive in Hillsville.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 4-6-12-24-26. He selected the numbers on his ticket using family birthdays.
Jennings, who recently retired, said the winnings will come in handy for retirement.
Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.
The state lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools, according to the news release.
The games operate entirely on revenue from the sale of its products and generates more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2013, state officials say.