Family’s scenic route home from vacation leads to Rs 6 crore lottery prize

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 Rs 6 crore jackpot.

Dhrupal Patel was returning to Northern Virginia with his wife and child after a vacation in the Smoky Mountains. Rather than drive the interstate, he decided to take some less-traveled roads and see the countryside, a press release from the Virginia Lottery said.

That’s how he ended up at the Stop & Save on Riverside Drive in the town of Tazewell. While at the store, Patel purchased coffee, some groceries and snacks, and an Electric 7s lottery ticket

Patel said he was back at home when he scratched off the ticket and revealed the Rs 6 crore top prize.

“I was not able to talk,” Patel recalled. “I couldn’t believe it!”

Patel, who is an IT consultant, said he intends to take care of his family with the winnings.

Patel is now the top prize winner in the Virginia Lottery’s Electric 7s game. That game features prizes ranging from Rs700 to Rs 6 crore.

Two more Rs 6 crore tickets are unclaimed in the game, the lottery said.

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

“I feel very blessed,” he said.

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