Double checking his ticket wasn't enough to convince John Humphries, III that he'd actually won a million dollars.
"I'm a very cynical person, so I didn't believe it," Humpries said Friday. "I called (the lottery office) a couple of times, just to make sure I wasn't going insane."
Humphries is one of three winners in the Virginia Lottery's 2014 New Year's Millionaire Raffle. He claimed his prize at a lottery office in Farmville Friday morning.
Humphries, 24, is not a hard core lottery player. He normally only buys a ticket when there's a big jackpot.
"You never expect to win," Humphries said. "I get the ticket just for the couple of days of hope and the conversations you have about what you'd do if you actually win the money."
Even though the jackpot was relatively small, Humphires played the millionaire raffle because he figured the odds were good. Only 330,000 tickets were sold across the state at $20 per-ticket.
Humphries bought five tickets at the Apple Market on 501 in South Boston. He didn't plan to win and he advises other lottery players to have the same attitude.
"Lower your expectations," said Humphries. "I don't think there is a strategy. It's just dumb luck."
Humphries is a small business owner and has a baby on the way. He said he wants to get his money in the bank before making any plans. His winnings will total around $700,000, after taxes are taken out.
This is the second time a winning millionaire raffle ticket has been sold in Halifax County. A man from Nathalie won in 2012.
If you bought a raffle ticket, check your numbers. A $25,000 winner was sold at the Midland Trail Pit Stop in Lexington.
Original story from Jan. 2, 2014
Lottery tickets worth $1 million each were sold in South Boston, Woodbridge and Clearbrook.
The Virginia Lottery announced results of its annual New Year's Millionaire Raffle on Wednesday.
In addition to the big winners, six tickets were worth $25,000. Those tickets were sold in Lexington, Harrisonburg, Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond and Skippers.
An additional 300 ticket buyers won $500.
Winning numbers are posted on the Virginia Lottery's website, www.valottery.com.