When Robin Meador got the news that she had won $386,239 from the Virginia Lottery, there was just one problem.
“Everyone else was asleep,” she said. “So I had no one to share it with except my cat!”
The Blue Ridge woman matched all five numbers in the February 21 Cash 5 with EZ Match drawing to win the jackpot.
She bought the ticket without ever leaving home. Instead, she used her device to buy her ticket online at valottery.com.
Cash 5 with EZ Match is just one of the games offered online by the Virginia Lottery. Anyone who is 18 or older and physically located within Virginia can play games like Powerball, Mega Millions, Pick 3, Pick 4, Cash4Life, and dozens of Instant Win games available exclusively online.
Meador said she decided “on a whim” to play the game online. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to select her numbers at random. Those winning numbers were 6-9-15-28-33.
This is the first time a Virginia Lottery player has won a Cash 5 with EZ Match jackpot with a ticket bought online.
Cash 5 with EZ Match features a rolling jackpot, starting at a minimum of $100,000. If nobody matches all five winning numbers, the jackpot increases for the next drawing. The odds of matching all five numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 749,398. For more information on how to play Cash 5 with EZ Match, visit www.valottery.com/Cash5.
In addition, a player who spends an extra dollar for EZ Match receives five randomly generated numbers with a prize of up to $500 associated with each number. If those numbers match any of the numbers on the ticket for the drawing, the player wins that prize – even before the drawing is held.