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Fredericksburg woman wins $1 million prize while teaching friend how to play lottery

Merry Thomas won $1 million in a scratch-off lottery ticket. (Source: VA Lottery) Merry Thomas won $1 million in a scratch-off lottery ticket. (Source: VA Lottery)
FREDERICKSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

A Fredericksburg woman who had just finished an overnight shift and was showing a friend how to play the lottery is nearly $1 million richer. 

The Virginia Lottery says Merry Thomas, of Fredericksburg, won the top prize in the "20X the Money" scratch off ticket recently and has been "freaking out" about the huge win. She opted to take a cash option prize from the $1 million win and took home a cash option of $630,915 before taxes.

Her friend, Julie, wasn't quite as lucky, but won $12.

"Right in front of my eyes, I saw this woman turn into a puddle," Julie said of her friend.

Thomas purchased the ticket at 5 Town and Country Road in Fredericksburg, which gets a $10,000 bonus from Virginia Lottery. 

"I just feel so fortunate," Thomas said. "It’s unbelievable!"

Virginia Lottery says the odds of winning the top prize in the "20X the Money" game is 1 in 1,162,800.

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