Prince George resident wins big
By Contributed Reports
Feb 28, 2013, 13:27
Bernard Trisvan of Prince George drives to Emporia frequently. It was on one of those trips that he bought a Cash in Hand lottery ticket. He took the ticket out to the parking lot, where he discovered he had won the games $150,000 top prize.
‚“I said, ‘Oh look at that!‚‘“ he told Virginia Lottery officials as he claimed his prize. “I didn’t believe it.” Lottery officials made the announcement Monday.
He bought the ticket at Emporia Grocery, 720 N. Main St. in Emporia.
Will winning bring changes to Trisvan’s life? Not likely, he said.
“I’m pretty much content with my life,” Trisvan said. “This is nice, though.”
Trisvan wasn’t the only person in the area to win big recently.
Edna Rivas of Midlothian was on her lunch break when she stopped at a Lottery Express machine and bought a Right on the Money ticket. She immediately scratched it and realized she won the $1 million prize.
“I just looked at the machine,” she said as she claimed her prize. “I thought it would talk back to me.”
She bought the ticket at Martins, 1220 Sycamore Square in Midlothian, where she works as an assistant chef.
Rivas had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 25 years or a one-time cash option of $645,000 before taxes. She elected to take the cash option. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
“I’m going to kiss that machine when I get back there,” she said laughing as she received her check.