Two local men each won $100,000 — the top prize — in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.
William Goodson, of Dry Fork, and Alfonza Thompson, of Danville, purchased winning tickets last week in Danville for the June 28 drawing, said John Hagerty, Virginia Lottery spokesman.
Goodson picked up his winnings Monday and Thompson received his Wednesday at the Virginia Lottery’s Farmville office, Hagerty said.
Goodson bought his winning ticket at Quick ‘N’ Plenty Market at 395 Mount Cross Road in Danville, and Thompson purchased his at Edgewood Mart at 1501 W. Main St.
The winning numbers were 3-6-9-12-15.
Their prizes placed them among more than 30 other winners across the state racking up more than $1.9 million in Cash 5 loot, Hagerty said. Ten others also won $100,000 each, while seven more tickets won $50,000 and 15 garnered $25,000 each, Hagerty said.
Winnings over $5,000 are taxed at 29 percent, Hagerty said.
Goodson, a self-employed house painter, told the Register & Bee he will use some of the money to pay off bills and save the rest for retirement.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Goodson, 59, who has played the Virginia lottery on and off since it started in the commonwealth in the late 1980s.
It’s not the first time Goodson has bagged a lottery prize. He won $25,000 in Cash 5 money about 10 years ago, he said.
Goodson attributes his good luck to a sunny outlook on life.
“You keep thinking positive and positive things will happen,” Goodson said.
His good fortune was bittersweet. June 28, the day he bought his ticket, was the first anniversary of the death of his uncle.
“It’s weird how things happen,” Goodson said. “I guess his spirit was looking out for me.”
He called the winning “a blessing” in light of a tough economy and his approaching retirement.
“It’s getting harder and harder to make a living,” Goodson said.
He says he will keep buying lottery tickets.
“I’ll continue playing the lottery,” Goodson said. “You don’t ever give up.”
Of the other winners, Goodson said, “I’m happy for them. I’m just glad I got my part.”
Thompson did not return a call to the Virginia Lottery office requesting an interview. The Virginia Lottery does not give out contact information for its winners.
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.