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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Spotsy man found good coffee and a winning lottery ticket

 A cup of bad coffee helped a Spotsylvania resident win the lottery.

Thomas Whittle stopped at his usual place for a cup of joe, but it didn’t taste good that day. So he headed to the Route 1 Sunoco. Along with the coffee, he bought four Virginia Lottery Scratcher tickets.

One of those tickets won Whittle $100,000.

“I was dumbfounded!” he told Lottery officials as he claimed his prize. “I nearly fell out of the car!”

He then put the ticket in the safest place at hand: the trunk of his car.

Mr. Whittle, a 26-year Army veteran who now works in education, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings. And he has found a new place to buy his coffee.