That combination, on December 5, proved to be a winning one, bringing Cross an $800,000 payday.
Those numbers hit the Pick 4 top prize of $5,000, which was multiplied 160 times to earn Cross the huge payout. The chance of matching all four numbers in exact order is 1 in 10,000, according to the Virginia Lottery.
“I thought, ‘This can’t be real!'” he said. “I had to pull over and check, like, 82 times. It feels surreal!”
Cross, who owns a small business in Washington DC, told lottery officials he has no immediate plans for the money. He bought the tickets from a Sunoco gas station in Arlington.