Lottery winners in Virginia, Tennessee claim $100,000 prizes

(PHOTO: Virginia Lottery)

Two residents in the Tri Cities are celebrating big paydays.

The first winner is unknown as of Thursday, according to Tennessee Lottery officials who announced a winning Powerball ticket was produced in Johnson City.

The player matched 4 of the 5 white numbers drawn and also selected the red Powerball number, the report said.

The winnings were doubled because the player checked the Power Play option, multiplying the $50,000 winning by two, the officials said Thursday.

A second lottery winner was also announced on Thursday. Virginia Lottery officials said that Eric Cooper of Bristol, Tennessee claimed a $100,000 prize from the "Extreme Green" scratcher game.

The agency reported that Cooper purchased several tickets at Green Springs Community Market in Abingdon before claiming the winning prize that Cooper says he plans to use to help pay bills.

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