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Falls Church man wins $4 million in Virginia Lottery, still goes to work as usual

Michael Kraemer (Courtesy of Virginia Lottery)

How did a Falls Church man handle the discovery that he won $4 million in the Virginia Lottery? By still going to work anyway.

Michael Kraemer recently won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Hot Millions Multiplier game after he stopped to get some orange juice at the Safeway at 6118 Arlington Blvd. in Falls Church. But instead of going off to celebrate, he went to work as usual, according to the Virginia Lottery.

Kraemer – who also didn’t even immediately tell anyone of his winning – chose the cash option of nearly $2.25 million before taxes over $4 million over 30 years.

The Virginia Lottery said Kraemer beat one in 1,305,600 odds to win the top prize. He’s the third and final player to claim the prize.

In January, Purcellville resident Bill Malsch became the second of three players to win the $4 million top prize for the Hot Millions Multiplier game.

Hot Millions Multiplier is one of dozens of Scratcher games offered by the Virginia Lottery. It features prizes ranging from $20 up to $4 million.

Because it sold the winning ticket, the Safeway where Kraemer won also is receiving a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.

Falls Church received nearly $249,000 in lottery funds for K-12 education in the last fiscal year, according to the Virginia Lottery. As a whole, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

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