Wise County woman wins big in the Virginia lottery

APPALACHIA, Va. (WYMT/Bristol Herald Courier) - A Wise County, Virginia woman scratched off $250,000 in winnings this month.

Amy Payne, of Appalachia, Va., was in the passenger seat when she scratched a Virginia Lottery "Big Winning Numbers" to reveal the winnings, according to a written statement from the lottery.

"We stopped in the middle of the road," she told lottery officials. "I nearly had a heart attack."

Her husband had purchased the ticket at Scotchman on West Main Street in Appalachia, the statement said. Payne said she and her husband have no immediate plans for the money, but the couple recently had a baby.

This is the second top prize in the "Big Winning Numbers" game, the statement said. Three more prizes worth $250,000 remain.

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