Furloughed worker's wife wins $100K, SUV in Virginia lottery

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Trump rejecting proposals to end shutdown

Sterling, Va. — A Virginia family affected by the federal government shutdown isn't feeling the pinch like others who aren't getting paychecks. Carrie Walls of Ashburn won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery's special drawing.

The lottery says she picked up her winnings Friday of a Ford Expedition at a Loudoun County dealership and a $100,000 check. There were over 550,000 entries in the drawing.

Carrie of #Ashburn has a new set of wheels – AND $100,000. She entered her non-winning ticket in the "#FordExpedition Plus $100k Promotion," and her ticket was drawn for the top prize! Congratulations Carrie! pic.twitter.com/QHbnsFfEcI

— Virginia Lottery (@VirginiaLottery) January 11, 2019

The drawing happened last month, before the government shutdown. Still, a lottery release has Walls saying the cash prize was particularly timely because her husband is a federal worker currently furloughed in the shutdown. His name wasn't released. Walls herself spent over a decade in the U.S. Air Force.

First published on January 14, 2019

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