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A lottery ticket placed in a Virginia college student’s Christmas stocking by his mother ended up winning him a $1 million prize.

Brian Donohue, a math major at the University of Virginia, told Virginia Lottery officials he awoke Christmas morning to find his mother had placed a Bank a Million ticket for the Dec. 22 drawing in his stocking.

Donohue checked the numbers from the drawing — 4-8-21-25-32-35 — and discovered he had won the top prize of $1 million after taxes.

The Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million game calculates its winnings so players receive their $1 million, $500,000 or $250,000 prizes after federal and state tax withholdings.

Donohue said some of his winnings will go toward paying tuition.