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Bristow, Va., Man Scores $1 Million Prize In 'Redskins Legacy'


Virginia Lottery Scratcher Provides His Second Big Lottery Win

When Jim Spillane of Bristow, Va., scratched his Redskins Legacy ticket to win the top prize of $1 million, he might have felt a bit of déjà vu.

In 2003, he won $250,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Mega Bucks Scratcher game.

This year, Spillane became the first $1 million prize winner in the Redskins Legacy game with a ticket he bought at In & Out Mart on Mathis Avenue in Manassas, Va.

He received his check from Virginia Lottery executive director Paula Otto in a presentation at Redskins Park on Monday.

"When I saw I had won the million, I had to look at it two or three times to make sure I wasn't dreaming," Spillane said. "I was surprised because it's not what you expect. Then I just went out to my car and called my wife."

Spillane had a choice between taking the full $1 million over 25 years or an immediate cash option of $622,000. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

As part of the presentation, Spillane -- a long-time Redskins fan -- was given a Redskins jersey with his name on it. Later he had the opportunity to meet head coach Mike Shanahan.

Spillane works as a site analyst. He is the first player to claim the top prize of $1 million over 25 years in Redskins Legacy. There are still two top-prize tickets yet to be claimed.

Spillane is going to keep on playing -- just as he did after he won the $250,000 prize in 2003.

"I got a little bit of gambler in me," he smiled. "I like to gamble."

Redskins Legacy is a unique game that features seven different collectable tickets, each with a different Redskins logo used during the team's 75-year history. Players can enter non-winning tickets in the "Stay in the Game Sweepstakes" for additional great Redskins prizes, including season tickets and trips with the team to away games.

The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools.

Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery raised more than $430.2 million for Virginia's public schools in fiscal year 2010. That represents about 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia.

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