An Ashburn data analyst is the area’s newest millionaire after picking up a winning lottery ticket at a neighborhood grocery store.
Srinivas Kalla bought the Hot Millions Multiplier scratch-off ticket at the Harris Teeter on Ryan Road and quickly saw it was a winner.
“My first thought was, ‘Oh, maybe I won $5,000 or even $10,000,’” he told Virginia Lottery representatives. It was much higher—one of three $4 million top prizes offered in the game.
Kalla collected his winnings Friday at the Virginia Lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge.
His prize was a choice between $4 million over 30 years or a cash option of nearly $2.25 million before taxes. He chose the cash option.
The Harris Teeter store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
Hot Millions Multiplier, one of dozens of scratch-off games offered by the Virginia Lottery, features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,305,600. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.
Kalla is the first player to claim the top prize in this game; two more $4 million tickets remain unclaimed.