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Rosalind Abdool

Rosalind Abdool describes herself as a calm, not-very-excitable person.

However, that easygoing demeanor was put to the test when she discovered she’d won $1 million in the March 10 Powerball drawing.

“I was really, really surprised,” the Manassas woman told Virginia Lottery officials as she claimed her prize.

It happened with a ticket she bought at Giant Food, located at 10100 Dumfries Road in Manassas. The winning numbers were 17-18-37-44-53, and the Powerball number was 18. Her ticket matched the first five numbers to win $1 million. She used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket.

The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Powerball drawings are held at 10:59 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. The odds of winning Powerball’s $1 million prize are 1 in 11,688,054.

Authorized by Virginia voters in a successful 1987 referendum, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, lottery customers helped generate more than $595 million dollars in funding for public education. 

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