A man buys a ticket with lottery numbers he saw in a dream and wins a jackpot of $250,000
Many people dream of winning the lottery, but one gambler’s dream was so vivid that he bought a ticket using the numbers he saw while he slept – and quickly won $250,000.
Alonzo Coleman, of Henrico, Va., spent just $2 to place the bet that won him a quarter of a million dollars after playing a seemingly unlikely number sequence, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Numbers had come to him in a dream, so he went to a local store and bought a lottery ticket at Glenside Corner Mart.
But even more incredible, these exact numbers appeared for the Virginia Lottery game Bank a Million, along with a bonus ball of 19 which completed the number sequence, although Coleman did not choose 19 for the bonus ball. .
Coleman, a retiree whose age has not been revealed, told stunned lottery officials that he had already dreamed up the winning numbers. Describing the moment he realized his dream had come true, he added, “It was hard to believe! It still hasn’t hit me yet!”
He smiled and threw up his arms in jubilation as he posed with a giant check for $250,000, his smile at odds with his “I’m a grumpy old man” t-shirt.
Coleman had split his $2 bet into four when he bought the ticket, meaning he had four sets of numbers. Using the “Play Your Way” feature, he won $250,000 after tax on one of his number sets.
He won in the June 11 draw, but the news wasn’t announced until Thursday by lottery officials.
Virginia’s Bank a Million game has draws on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. The top three prizes, $1 million, $500,000 and $250,000, are calculated so that winners receive the prize amount after federal and state tax withholdings. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 3.8 million.
The Virginia Lottery has been running since voters gave it the green light in a referendum in 1987, and it generates more than $2 million a day for Virginia schools. A lottery spokesperson said that in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, lottery customers helped generate more than $765 million in funding for public education.
Newsweek contacted Coleman through the Virginia Lottery.
Coleman’s success follows other major lottery wins, with players attributing their good fortune to mysterious forces. A teenage orphaned gambler says he felt his parents were watching over him when he won $1.2 million playing the lottery. British father Calum Forrington, 37, and his wife Kayleigh are planning to splash the cash on a surprise trip to Disneyland for their three children.
A Florida man has credited his pregnant dachshund with luck after winning the $2 million top prize on a scratch off lottery ticket. Leonard Linton, 42, said he only bought the ticket on a whim, as he had to take a different route than normal to be with his dog.