Matilda Mullins is presented her check of $100,000 by the Virginia Lottery. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery)

For nearly a month, Matilda Mullins had a ticket worth $100,000 in her possession and didn’t even know it. The Henry County woman played the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game but didn’t immediately check the winning numbers.

Finally, nearly a month after the November 7 night drawing, she looked up the numbers and discovered she’d won the game’s top prize.

“Of course, I went into shock immediately,” she said as she claimed her prize.

She bought her winning ticket at the Fas Mart at 1015 Fairystone Park in Bassett.

She selected the numbers on her ticket, 6-23-24-26-32, using family birthdays.

Ms. Mullins, who works with children as a school bus aide, said the winnings will come in handy for Christmas shopping.

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.

The Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. Ms. Mullins lives in Henry County, which received more than $7.4 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.

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