When Douglas Hanks showed his Bank a Million ticket to the store clerk, the Ridgeway man heard the words many people would love to hear: “I think you won it!”

The clerk was talking about a ticket for the April 24 Bank a Million drawing that won the game’s top prize of $1 million after taxes. The ticket had been bought at that store, People’s Save Station on Greensboro Road in Ridgeway, but was still unclaimed.

So when Mr. Hanks came in with a pocketful of tickets and asked the clerk for help checking them, the clerk was on the lookout for that winning ticket. After scanning the ticket, the clerk confirmed to Mr. Hanks: “You won it!”

The winning numbers he matched were 4-10-13-18-25-28. The Bonus Ball number was 2, but he didn’t need it to win the top prize. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select his numbers.

The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

The top prizes in Bank a Million ($1 million, $500,000 and $250,000) are calculated so that winners actually receive the prize amount after federal and state tax withholdings.

Bank a Million drawings are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. Bank a Million is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win anywhere from $4 up to $1 million with a $2 ticket. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 18.3.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. Mr. Hanks lives in Henry County, which received more than $7.7 million in Lottery funds for K-12 public education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, more than $14 million in unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes went to Virginia’s Literary Fund in FY18 for school construction and technology upgrades. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.