TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announces that Victor Juarez, 38, of Ruskin, claimed a $2,500 a week for life top prize in the LUCKY $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game, at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.
Juarez chose to receive his winnings in quarterly payments of $32,500 for a minimum of 20 years. He purchased his winning Scratch-Off ticket at Murphy U.S.A, located at 9023 Gibsonton Drive in Gibsonton. This was the second top prize ticket in the LUCKY $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE game to have been purchased in Hillsborough County in the past month. In March, Rory LaValley, of Gibsonton, claimed the first LUCKY $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE top prize. LaValley purchased his winning ticket in Riverview.
The $5 game, LUCKY $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE, launched on February 7, 2012. There are two $2,500 a week for life top prizes remaining. The overall odds of winning a prize are one-in 4.27.
The Florida Lottery introduced its first LUCKY FOR LIFE-themed Scratch-Off game 15 years ago with the launch of $2 WIN FOR LIFE. The game performed so well that it was reintroduced in 1999 and 2000. Then, in 2004, $10 SET FOR LIFE was launched, offering $5,000 a year for life top prizes, followed by the first $20 LUCKY FOR LIFE ticket offering $100,000 a year for life top prizes. Through the years the LIFE family has become one of the Lottery’s best-selling families of Scratch-Off games. Currently, there are five LUCKY FOR LIFE-themed Scratch-Off games available, ranging in price from $1 to $20.
The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through instant ticket vending machines or on-counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, making up approximately 56 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $455 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2010-11.
Florida voters, by a two-to-one margin, approved a constitutional amendment in 1986 authorizing the state to operate a lottery for the purpose of generating significant additional moneys for education. To date, the Florida Lottery has funded Bright Futures scholarships for more than 550,000 Florida students to attend college in our state. Floridians continue to show their support by purchasing billions of dollars in Lottery products per year, resulting in contributions of more than $23 billion to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund since 1988. For more information regarding the Florida Lottery, its games and its contributions to education, visit www.flalottery.com.
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