Woodbridge man wins $7 million on scratch-off ticket

A Woodbridge man has won $7 million on a scratch-off ticket in Fairfax.

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"It took me a while to make sure I wasn’t dreaming," Yibeltal Belachew told Lottery officials. "You don’t believe that kind of stuff right away!"

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He bought his winning ticket at the Safeway at 10350 Willard Way in Fairfax.

The 100X The Money game features prizes ranging from $30 to the $7 million top prize. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means two $7 million top prizes remain unclaimed.

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The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 2,611,200. The odds of winning any prize in this game are 1 in 2.77.

Belachew had the choice of taking the full $7 million prize in annual payments over 30 years, or a one-time cash-option of $4.2 million before taxes. He chose the cash option.

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The Virginia Lottery reminds players in all gaming, remember to play responsibly.