Army veteran plays lottery while clothes dry – and wins big in Virginia


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(Tribune News Service) – A Virginia man was bored in a laundromat, so he bought a lottery ticket – and hit the jackpot.

Ronny Folley, a US Army veteran, was waiting for his laundry when he went to a nearby store. It was there that he tried his luck on a scratch ticket and became much richer “by the time his clothes were dry,” according to the Virginia Lottery.

“I didn’t think it was real,” Folley said in a June 30 press release. “It’s awesome, I mean, really, really awesome.”

Folley won a $100,000 prize after stopping at Mountainside Gas, Grocery and Laundromat in Stanardsville, about 85 miles northwest of Richmond. While in the business, officials said he landed a ticket to the 10X the Money game.

It turns out that Folley beat more than 1 in 2.3 million odds to win the game’s top prize. In a press release, officials didn’t say how much extra money he was keeping after taxes.

Folley, who lives near the laundromat, told the Virginia Lottery he had no plans for his prize money.

This isn’t the first time the laundry has been linked to a big lottery win in the state. Last year, a man sorting through his clothes found a winning ticket before he entered the washing machine, McClatchy News reported in December.

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