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Central Florida Man Wins $1 Million Prize Playing $5 Scratch-Off Game

The Florida Lottery recently announced that 53-year-old Carlos Cole, Sr., of Winter Haven, claimed a $1 million top prize from the SEVEN FIGURES?scratch-off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

The Polk County man chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $695,000.00.

The Central Florida winner purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 6031 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven. The retailer received a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning scratch-off ticket.

The $5 SEVEN FIGURES scratch-off game features more than 5.8 million winning tickets, with a top prize of $1 million. This money-themed ticket offers more than $79.5 million in total cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-3.77.

Scratch-off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 72 percent of ticket sales in fiscal year 2022-2023. Additionally, since inception, scratch-off games have awarded more than $61.9 billion in prizes, created 2,103 millionaires, and generated more than $18.95 billion for the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $46 billion to enhance education and sending more than 983,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,500 Lottery retailers, and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $94.2 billion in prizes and made more than 4,000 people millionaires.

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