Newly-Minted Millionaire: Vienna Lottery Player Wins Big

George Katan has a routine where he stops on his way to work and purchases a sandwich and one Virginia Lottery scratcher.

George Katan wins big.

George Katan wins big.

Photo Credit: Virginia Lottery

Typically, he plays the $50 and $30 tickets, but this time, he decided to buy a $20 Multiplier Mania ticket.

That decision paid off in a big way because Katan won the $1 million top prize with the ticket purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1931 Old Gallows Road in Vienna.

Katan scratched the ticket in the store and later told Lottery officials, “I know it was big, but I didn’t know how big.” Once he realized he had won the top prize, he said, “I was very excited!”

Katan had the choice of taking the $1 million prize in annual payments over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $625,000 before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He’s not the only winner: The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

All Virginia Lottery profits go to K-12 education in Virginia. In Fiscal Year 2022, the Lottery raised more than $779 million for K-12 education, making up approximately 10 percent of Virginia’s total K-12 school budget.

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