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EDGEWATER MAN WINS $1 MILLION PRIZE IN BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER GAME
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announces that James Mahoney, of Edgewater, claimed a $1 million prize in the BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters. This marks the 46th winner to claim a $1 million prize in this popular Scratch-Off game; 74 $1 million prizes remain.
Mahoney chose the one-time, lump-sum payment option for his winnings in the amount of $650,000.The winning ticket was purchased at Publix, located at 2970 South Ridgewood in Edgewater.
The $20 Scratch-Off game, BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER, offers the highest cash payout of any game in Florida Lottery history. The game launched on February 24, 2009, and includes more than $1 billion in prizes, including 10 top prizes of $10 million. Six of 10 top prizes still remain. To date, the game has awarded more than $401 million in prizes. The overall odds of winning are one in 2.98.
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 58 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $495 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2011-12.
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The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 99 percent of its revenue into the state’s economy through prize payouts, donations to education, and money paid to Florida retailers. In 2011, playing Florida Lottery games made 79 people millionaires. Since its beginning in 1988, the Florida Lottery has transferred billions of dollars to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, investing in Florida’s future leaders through school construction, K-12 classroom support and more than 550,000 Bright Futures scholarships. The games of the Florida Lottery are designed to fuel excitement while funding tomorrow. For more information, visit www.flalottery.com http://www.flalottery.com .
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