The Florida Lottery announced that Geraldine Gimblet, of Lakeland, claimed a $2 million top prize from the $2,000,000 BONUS CASHWORD scratch-off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
The Polk County winner chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,645,000.00. Gimblet shared the story of her big win.
“At first the gas station clerk thought there were no tickets left, but I asked him to double check because I like the crossword games the best. He found the last one,” Gimblet said.
Gimblet’s daughter’s beaming smile turned to tears as she shared what the win meant to her. “The day before my mom bought this ticket, I rang the bell and walked out of the hospital after completing my last treatment for breast cancer. My mom had taken out her life savings to take care of me when I was sick. I’m just so happy for her!”
Gimblet was joined by her daughter and granddaughter to claim her big lottery win, and when Chief of Staff Reggie Dixon heard about the Gimblets, he came downstairs to join the celebration.
Gimblet purchased her winning ticket from Pipkin Road Beverage Castle, located at 1170 West Pipkin Road in Lakeland. The Central Florida retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning scratch-off ticket.
The $10 game, $2,000,000 BONUS CASHWORD, launched in May 2022 and features eight top prizes of $2 million and 20 second tier prizes of $100,000. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-3.12.
Recently, there have been a few millionaire winners around Florida, including a Palm Beach County resident, and a St. Lucie County resident. A Hendry County resident recently won $1,000 a week for life.
Other scratch-off lottery recent winners include a Volusia County resident from DeLand, a Lake County resident from Groveland, another Lake County man from Astatula, a Seminole County resident from Longwood, another Seminole County resident from Sanford, an Osceola County resident from Kissimmee, a Santa Rosa County resident from Navarre, another Volusia County resident from DeLand, a Broward County resident from Oakland Park, and a St. Lucie County resident from Ft. Pierce.
Another Kissimmee resident won $2 million playing Powerball. A Riviera Beach resident also recently won $4 million playing Mega Millions.