Virginia man gifts his wife with a $10 million lottery ticket for Valentine’s Day

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Forget flowers and chocolates: A Virginia man spared no expense this Valentine’s Day when he presented his wife with his $10 million lottery ticket.

The husband of stay-at-home mom Maria Chicas bought the Extreme Millions Scratcher ticket at the In & Out Mart on Mathis Avenue in Manassas days before the romantic holiday, the National Lottery announced.

The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 2,937,600.
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In & Out Mart, located at 9103 Mathis Avenue in Manassas
Maria Chicas’ husband bought the ticket at the In & Out Mart on Mathis Avenue in Manassas.
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After realizing he had a winner, the happy husband called Maria to share the good news.

“Oh, you’re lying!” she told him.

“I thought he was joking!” the Haymarket, Prince William County resident told lottery officials.

stockings, chocolates, 10 million dollars.  Not all Valentine's Day gifts are created equal.
The store receives a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
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But he wasn’t kidding – and turned the ticket into the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for his stunned better half, who had the choice of taking the full amount over 30 or a ‘one-time payment option’ of $6,570,302 before taxes.

She chose the latter.

The store, meanwhile, receives a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket, the fourth and final jackpot in the Extreme Millions Scratcher game.

stockings, chocolates, 10 million dollars.  Not all Valentine's Day gifts are created equal.
Maria Chicas thought her husband was joking when he called her to tell her the good news.
Virginia Lottery

“It is Virginia Lottery policy to discontinue scratch games after the last jackpot has been claimed,” the lottery said.

The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 2,937,600.

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