Eights are great for Chesterfield man who wins $405,000 in Pick 4 drawing

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One of Karl Hartman’s favorite films is titled “O Lucky Man!” The Chesterfield resident could claim that title for himself after his latest Virginia Lottery win. He won a total of $405,000 in the November 23 Pick 4 night drawing.

That’s in addition to winning the $5 million top prize in Virginia’s $5 Million Club Scratcher game in May 2010 (he chose the cash option of $3.2 million), and $150,000 playing Pick 4 in November 2006.

His $405,000 win came when 8-8-8-8 was drawn for the first time since the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game began in 1991. Virginia Lottery players won $6 million in the November 23 Pick 4 night drawing.

“Eight has always been one of my lucky numbers,” he told Lottery officials as he claimed his latest prize. “This is my play money.”

There is another reason he selected the number eight. That was the number of his childhood baseball hero, Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox.

He bought $81 worth of tickets for that drawing. Four $20 tickets each won $100,000. His $1 ticket won $5,000. He bought the tickets at two different locations:

• Uppy’s at 7400 Woodpecker Road in Chesterfield
• Martin’s Food Market at 6401 Centralia Road in Chesterfield

Pick 4 drawings are held daily at 1:59 p.m. and 11 p.m. The chances of matching all four numbers in exact order are 1 in 10,000.

The Virginia Lottery generates approximately $1.2 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.  Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, rather than tax dollars, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $444 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2011.  That represents about 8 percent of state funding for public education in Virginia. For more information, visit www.valottery.com. Follow the Virginia Lottery on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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