When Dr. Calvin Lowe scratched his Gold Bar Bonanza ticket from the Virginia Lottery,
he thought he'd won the top prize, but he wasn't certain. So, being a college professor,
he decided to apply a little scientific methodology.
He got his magnifying glass to fully examine the ticket.
The final conclusion? He'd won the $1 million top prize!
Dr. Lowe and his wife bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 744 J.
Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News.
He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a
one-time cash option of $675,982 before taxes. He chose the cash option.
The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling
the winning ticket.
Dr. Lowe, who is Dean of the School of Science at Hampton University, said
he told his secretary about the win and she replied, "I'm not losing you
as a boss, am I?" He assured her he has no plans to quit.
He said he plans to save most of his winnings for retirement.
Gold Bar Bonanza features prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. This is
the first $1,000,000 prize claimed in this game, so three top prizes
remain unclaimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,101,600.
The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 3.28.
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