LOTTERY WINNER

Richard Morrison, of Front Royal, and his wife won $1 million in last week’s Powerball drawing.

Front Royal resident Richard Morrison has claimed his winning $1 million Powerball ticket, the Virginia Lottery announced on Monday.

Morrison’s wife, who was not identified by the Virginia Lottery, purchased the ticket at Shenandoah Farms Grocery, located at 3 Blue Mountain Road in Front Royal, according to a Virginia Lottery news release. The couple learned of their win on Thursday, the morning after the drawing, when they checked the winning numbers together.

“We just looked at each other and started jumping up and down!” Morrison stated in the release.

The Morrisons’ ticket matched the first five numbers announced in the Sept. 4 drawing — 4-8-30-52-59 — and only missed the Powerball number of 2. The Morrisons’ numbers were randomly generated by the Easy Pick computer, the release stated.

For selling the winning ticket, Shenandoah Farms Grocery will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

The release notes that Warren County Public Schools have also received donations from the Virginia Lottery over the years, including more than $2.6 million for K-12 public education in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Last year, the Virginia Lottery donated 28.3% — or a record $650 million — of its more than $2.3 billion in lottery ticket sales to K-12 public education around the commonwealth. According to the Giving Back page at the lottery’s website, www.valottery.com">www.valottery.com, “this number represents about 10% of the state’s entire budget for education.”

Of the remaining sales, “61.1% went back to players in the form of prizes, 5.6% went to the retailers who sell Virginia Lottery tickets, and 5.0% went to operational expenses,” the website states.

Of the 61.1% in prize money, “$6.5 million in unclaimed prizes was deposited in the Virginia Literary Fund in FY19,” the news release states. “[This] provides low-interest loans to localities for public school construction, renovations and technology upgrades.”

Morrison, a self-employed carpenter, told the Virginia Lottery he and his wife have no immediate plans for their winnings.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are broadcast on TV stations around Virginia and live at www.valottery.com.

Contact Josette Keelor at jkeelor@nvdaily.com