Photo courtesy West Virginia Lottery
The three finalists in the Monopoly Millionaire second chance drawing split the total prize money to take home more than $253,000 each. They were (from left) Todd Kingrey of Charleston, Josh Schoolcraft of Given and Douglas Schafer of Wheeling.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Those with the West Virginia Lottery celebrated the agency’s 28th anniversary by giving others gifts totaling more than $1 million.

Three finalists, selected using a second chance drawing for the $10 Monopoly Millionaire instant game, were in Charleston on Thursday afternoon to draw from three possible prizes: $10,000, $100,000 or $1 million.

“They all unveiled their checks at the same time, so no one knew, until everyone had unwrapped those checks, who won the $1 million,” said Nikki Orcutt, West Virginia Lottery marketing director.

She said Josh Schoolcraft, 21, of Given, was shocked to see he was the big winner.  “He was actually pretty speechless,” said Orcutt.

However, Schoolcraft was quick to announce the three finalists had agreed that, no matter the outcome, they would pool all of the prize money and split it evenly.

The other finalists were Douglas Schafer of Wheeling and Todd Kingrey from Charleston.

With their deal, each of the finalists went home with $253,450 after taxes.

“They (the finalists) did not know each other prior to this date and I guess they all just wanted to guarantee that they were all going to walk away with a significant prize,” said Orcutt.

The West Virginia Lottery was created on Jan. 9, 1986.  Since then, Orcutt said lottery proceeds have added up to $7.4 billion for public education, senior services and the state’s tourism industry.

bubble graphic


bubble graphic


  • brittany

    Who won the million dollars?

    • joe

      Can't you read Brittany Josh won the million dollars but they decided to split the money 3 ways.

  • Krissa

    That is so awesome! I went to school with Josh and this would be something that he would do.

  • Frank / Moundsville

    Why was the lottery invented? So the uninformed players, who don't understand basic math, can pay your taxes for you under the guise of entertainment.

  • Ragweed

    Yes, "Please play responsibly." I wonder which of these three will eventually call the gambling addiction hotline. The lottery talks out of both sides of its mouth. Play responsibly, but if you can't, we have an addiction hotline you can call.

  • Larry

    See, gambling really does pay, all you have to do is buy a ticket and you'll win, all the time.

  • Mountain Man

    Awesome move by all three. No greed here. Congrats guys!

    • Aunt Lisa

      So very true Mountain Man.



  • Steve

    That is class. What a great lesson for us all.