The third largest jackpot ever awarded by the Virginia Lottery $107 Million, was publicly claimed yesterday, 8/10/11, by Brian McCarthy,25, of McLean, Virginia. He purchased the ticket in July at the Giant Food Store on Elden Street in Herndon, Virginia.
McCarthy stopped to get money from the ATM machine at the Giant and purchased a Lotto ticket at the same time, since the pot had grown to over $100 million. He didn't play any special numbers; he let the machine choose.
The following day, McCarthy saw that WTOP, a local news radio station, had posted on Facebook that the local ticket was purchased at the Giant store where he had purchased his ticket. He dug it out and realized that he had the winning ticket!
Since finding out that he won, Mr. McCarthy has made generous donations to two (of my favorite) local Herndon Organizations (he grew up in Herndon): Herndon Optimist Club and Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc.
According to a Washington Post article, McCarthy, 'was an account manager for a soft drink company before he hit the jackpot.' I hope that he finds that winning this amazing jackpot brings him much happiness!
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