A Woodlawn man is our area's newest millionaire.
Merton Wilson won $2.5 million on a scratch off ticket from the Virginia Lottery on Sunday.
Wilson had the option of getting annual payments for 25 years, but chose the lump sum.
After taxes, Wilson takes home $1,437,500
Wilson bought the ticket at the Gladeville Grocery in Galax.
Gladeville Grocery received a $10,000 check for selling the winning ticket.
Wilson was presented with the check at the store Wednesday afternoon.
Here is the news release from the Virginia Lottery:
As a retired Navy chief petty officer, Merton Wilson of Woodlawn is rarely at a loss for words. That was the case when he scratched a Right on the Money ticket from the Virginia Lottery and discovered he had won the game’s $2.5 million top prize. Mr. Wilson told Virginia Lottery officials he shared a few choice words with his companion at the time, his dog.
He won with a ticket he bought at Gladeville Grocery, 8308 Carrollton Pike in Galax. On February 15, he returned to the store to receive his check from Phil Hankey, Virginia Lottery Southwest Virginia Area Manager.
Mr. Wilson had a choice of taking the full $2.5 million over 25 years or a one-time cash option of $1,437,500 before taxes. He chose the cash option. He is not the only winner. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
An even better prize awaits Mr. Wilson. He told Virginia Lottery officials he plans to marry his high school sweetheart this June.
Right on the Money is one of dozens of games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $2.5 million. Mr. Wilson is the second player to claim the top prize in Right on the Money, which means four top-prize tickets remain unclaimed.
The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery raised more than $430.2 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal year 2010. That represents about 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. For more information, visit www.valottery.com. Follow the Virginia Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Please play responsibly.