Normally on Valentine's Day, some women receive flowers from their husbands, while some get chocolates, or getting treated to a fancy dinner. There was one woman, however, who received a super special gift from her husband - a winning lottery ticket worth a whopping $10 million!
Maria Chicas, a stay-at-home mom from Haymarket, Virginia, United States, claimed the fourth and final top prize in the Extreme Millions Scratcher game.
As she validated the winning ticket, she told Virginia Lottery officials, "I thought he was joking!"
How it happened
It was actually a few days before Valentine's Day when her husband purchased the scratchcard at In & Out Mart, located at 9103 Mathis Avenue in Manassas. He scratched the ticket and found it was a winner. He then called his wife, who reacted, "Aw, you're lying!"
Maria was given two choices on how to enjoy the prize: receive the entire $10 million paid in increments over a span of 30 years, or a one-time cash out of $ 6,570,302 before taxes. She chose the cash option.
For selling the winning ticket, the store received a $50,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.
As this was the last available top prize in Extreme Millions, the game is being closed. Scratcher games are ended once the last top prize has been claimed, as per Virginia's Lottery policy.
The odds of winning the top prize in Extreme Millions were 1 in 2,937,600.