Roanoke man wins $1 million lottery prize

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From the Virginia Lottery: When Mujahid Abed of Roanoke realized he’d won the $1 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s High Voltage game, he tucked the ticket into a safe place.  “I put it close to my heart,” he said as he claimed his prize. “I couldn’t believe it. My heart was beating fast.”  He bought the winning ticket at Community Grocery, 124 Elm Avenue in Roanoke.  He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $537,393 before taxes. He chose the cash option. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.  High Voltage is one of dozens of Scratcher games available from the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $10 up to $1,000,000. This is the first top prize claimed in this game, which means five million-dollar prizes have yet to be claimed.  He said he plans to use his winnings to take care of his family.

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