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Fredericksburg Powerball Winners Donate $4M Locally

Dave and Nancy Honeywell made a donation to the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region.

The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region is the beneficiary of local lottery winners' generosity.  Dave and Nancy Honeywell donated $4 million of their Powerball jackpot to the Fredericksburg based non-profit.

The Honeywells won the second-largest prize ever awarded by the Virginia Lottery.  Dave had purchased the ticket from one of Virginia Lottery’s two Lottery Express machines in the atrium of Richmond Airport as he was leaving on a business trip.

The Honeywell's chose the one-time cash option of $136.4 million before taxes, and received their check on Valentine's Day from Virginia Lottery officials.

The Honeywells "will establish a donor-advised fund that will give them oversight into how the money is used, Teri McNally, Community Foundation executive director," told NewsTalk1230 WFVA.

"Money can change the direction of a program or the number of people being served," McNally said. "You may have served 100 people in the past, now you may be able to serve 500," she said.

Dave and Nancy both work for the Department of Defense, where he's a computer scientist and she’s a project manager. Thursday was Dave's last day of work, NBC 4 reported.

"The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region is a nonprofit, public charity established by local community leaders created by and for the people of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline counties and the City of Fredericksburg," the charity's website says. "We are a collection of many different charitable funds, each separately accounted for, and each with its own design and purpose."

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Fred Parker October 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! It couldn't have happened to a more deserving couple!!!
Steve Fuhri November 06, 2013 at 04:39 AM
I got this in my email. I do not know if it is real or not. If it is, please send me a message agan or to my facebook steve fuhri in Illinois. If it is fkeI don't know how to report it but it's terrible someone would get people's hopes up. Sorry to bother you if it is fake. Congratulations - Christmas Donation To You***   Dave & Nancy Honeywell To Winner Today at 3:01 AM On Feb.14.2013, My wife and I won $217million in the Virginia Lottery. However, we wish to officially inform you today that we have just donated US$850,000.00 to your email address, this being part of our Christmas Donation Project to financially support 5 people from different parts of the world. I apologise for sending you this unsolicited email, but your email was selected and submitted to my wife and I after a successful Google email-draws/email-promotion. Please read the article below to view our most recent donation; http://fredericksburg.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/fredericksburg-lottery-winners-donate-15m-locally Send your *FULL NAMES:..., *AGE:..., *TEL:... *COUNTRY.:... and a valid check for US$850,000.00 will be issued to you. Dave & Nancy Honeywell -(Virginia Powerball Winners).
ZaKiyya Diamond Sunshine TP November 06, 2013 at 10:20 AM
I just received this email to if this true then you can contact me at Connie377086@yahoo.com again or call me at (229)242-9456 if serious!!!!!!!!!!!!Congrats and thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GB November 06, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I got it also. 617-924-6585
Alissa loatman November 06, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I did also, if it is true please contact me thru my email again or @904-210-3040
James Ault November 06, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I received the email as well and want to know if it is real or if it is just someone scamming people. If it is a scam it is truly in poor taste. Please contact me again through my email or facebook to confirm. Thanks.
cassandra avila November 06, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Ok so that makes 5 of us!!!! Can anyone verify wether this is true?? Please email me if you have heard any news so far. cassieavila@yahoo.com
Talia Maharaj November 06, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I also got this e-mail....googled it and they said it's a scam :(
Leticia Robinson November 06, 2013 at 05:12 PM
The list is continuing. I got it too.
James Ault November 06, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I checked on the address the email was sent from and the internet provider is in NB, Canada so it seems like it is a probably a scam.
Denese Garrett November 16, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Congratulations!! I don't know if this is true or not. I live from month to month hoping for a miracle. I can't afford health or dental insurance so I pray every day that nothing happens to me. If this is true then you can reach me at Denesegarrett@yahoo.com.

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