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From the Virginia Lottery:  Earl Kirks, Jr. of Dry Fork was just about to leave for work when he discovered he’d won $1 million in the Virginia Lottery’s new $1,000,000 Money Ball game. That’s a pretty good way to start the day. “Nothing bothered me the rest of the day,” he said.  Mr. Kirks is the game’s first $1 million winner. His ticket matched all five winning numbers in the October 1 drawing, and the Gold Million Dollar Money Ball was drawn. The Gold Million Dollar Money Ball increased the top prize from $100,000 to $1 million.  He bought the winning ticket at Apple Market, 4168 Franklin Turnpike in Danville. On October 8 he returned to the store to receive his million-dollar prize from the Virginia Lottery. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers for the October 1 drawing were 5-9-29-30-32.

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Mr. Kirks, who works as a cabinet maker, said the reactions were mixed when he told his co-workers what had happened. “Some were excited for me, and some didn’t believe me,” he said.  “We were just ecstatic!”

The new game from the Virginia Lottery offers some of the best odds of becoming a millionaire of any current jackpot game. The first drawing was on September 17.  The game is played exclusively in Virginia. Players can win $2, $10, $100, $100,000 or $1 million, depending on how many numbers they match. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are 1 in 2,337,350.