Duane McFarland is a paramedic and a second-generation firefighter. Now he has another title to add: Lottery winner!
The Gloucester man matched the first five winning numbers in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash4Life drawing on July 13. That entitled him to a very interesting choice: either $1,000 every week for the rest of his life or a one-time cash option of $1 million. He chose the cash option.
“I’m just in amazement that I won,” he told Lottery officials. “I had to call my wife into the room to confirm that I was seeing what I was seeing.”
He won without leaving his home. He played the game online at valottery.com. The winning numbers were 6-10-18-41-50, and the Cash Ball number was 2. The only number he missed was the Cash Ball number. He used Easy Pick, which randomly selected the numbers on his ticket for him.
McFarland, who is a life member with Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, is also a small business owner. He said he hopes to save his winnings towards reti...
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