Holiday bonus

Teresa Showman, 59, of Maurertown, holds the replica of her $2.5 million dollar check inside the Express Mart at 203 South Main St. in Woodstock. Showman, a cross country truck driver, won the top prize in Virginia Lottery's Casino Cash Scratcher game. Showman's daughter, Nicole Shoemaker, is standing at right and the store owner, Syed Jafri, is at the far right. Rich Cooley/Daily

Teresa Showman won big on a Virginia Lottery scratcher at the perfect time.

Just in time for the holiday season, Showman won the top prize on a Cash Casino ticket from the Virginia Lottery. That prize is advertised at $2.5 million.

At the Express Mart in Woodstock on Wednesday, Showman was presented with a check for winning the top prize of $2.5 million.

Making the presentation for the Virginia Lottery was Mark Sasser, a local sales representative for the Virginia Lottery, and Corrine Barbour, the area manager.

Showman, a 59 year-old resident of Maurertown, said that she plays the lottery “at least two or three times a week,” but had never won anything before.

“It’s just one of those things you never expect,” Showman said, while adding, “you always want it to happen.”

When she first realized she had won the top prize, Showman said that she was “terrified.”

Showman said that she did not tell any friends or co-workers about it and only informed immediate family members.

Like a lot of lottery winners, Showman is electing to receive the immediate cash payout.

Due to the fact that the state of Virginia pays a 25 percent federal tax on the payouts, the amount Showman receives will be just over $1.3 million.

At the moment, Showman works as a truck driver for DNR Transportation out of Bellwood, Pennsylvania. “I drive to the West Coast a lot.”

Showman said that, for now, she will continue to drive tractor trailers. However, Showman noted, “I want to try to find something local.”

Sasser noted that Showman is the third big winner that he has seen in the area in the last two months. “It’s kind of unprecedented for this many winners to be this close together,” Sasser said.

Sasser said that, at the Gas Mart in Front Royal, attorney John O’Neil won $2 million on a $20 scratch ticket.

At the same time, Sasser added that the Virginia Lottery saw a winner at the Front Royal Food Lion as well as a $200,000 winner on a $2 scratcher, also in Front Royal.

“We’ve had about $5.2 million won in two months,” Sasser said.

Showman is also not the only beneficiary of this situation. Syed Jafri, the store manager at the Express Mart, said he expects a boost in business following this lottery win.

“[Business] will be crazy in here,” Jafri said.

Typically, Jafri said that he changes the cards for the different lottery games every two or three days.

In situations where his previous stores have seen a winner, Jafri said that he would change the cards every day or half day.

Jafri noted that he only began working at the Express Mart in October.

According to Jafri, sales from the lottery make up 50 percent of his total business. During the holiday season, Jafri noted that he traditionally sees more people play the lottery.

“They buy the scratcher tickets and give it to somebody,” Jafri said.

Because of Showman’s lottery win, Jafri and the Woodstock Express Mart will receive a $10,000 bonus.

“It’s really good for the town, too,” Jafri said.

For now, Showman added that she does not have specific ideas or plans for the money. “I don’t know … it’s just a lot to think about,” Showman said.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com