Family's scenic route home from vacation leads to $777,777 lottery prize


Published in Weird News

(UPI) A Virginia family said taking the scenic road home from their vacation led them to the store where they bought a lottery ticket and won a $777,777 jackpot.

Dhrupal Patel told Virginia Lottery officials he was driving home to Herndon with his wife and child after a vacation in the Smokey Mountains, and they decided to take the scenic route through country roads instead of the interstate.

The route led Patel to the Stop & Save store in Tazewell, Va., where the family stopped for coffee and snacks. Patel said he also decided to pick up an Electric 7s scratch-off lottery ticket.

Patel said he was back at home when he scratched off the ticket and revealed the $777,777 top prize.


"I was not able to talk," Patel recalled. I couldn't believe it!

Patel said he plans to use the money to take care of his family.

"I feel very blessed," he said.

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