Diane DeHaven of Wirtz

Diane DeHaven of Wirtz holds up a check representing $100,000 she won from the Virginia Lottery.

When Diane DeHaven of Wirtz asked the store clerk to scan her Cash 5 ticket, she said, “I’m sure it’s not a winner, but can you check it for me?”

That was the wrong thing to say. Turns out, the ticket was worth $100,000.

The Wirtz woman matched all five winning numbers in the Dec. 31 night drawing to win the game’s top prize.

“It feels pretty cool. I still can’t believe it!” she said as she claimed her prize.

She selected the numbers on her ticket, 3-5-7-21-29, using family birthdays. She bought the ticket at Stop In Food Store, located at 4111 Franklin Road in Roanoke.

DeHaven, who works in the banking industry, said she intends to pay bills and save her winnings.

Cash 5 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11 p.m. The odds of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.

DeHaven lives in Franklin County, which received nearly $4.4 million in Lottery funds for K-12 public education in Fiscal Year 2019. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.7 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated a record $650 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2019.

An additional $6.5 million in unclaimed prizes was deposited in the Virginia Literary Fund in FY19, which provides low-interest loans to localities for public school construction, renovations and technology upgrades.

For more information, visit valottery.com.

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