FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
CORAL SPRINGS WOMAN CLAIMS $10 MILLION BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER PRIZE
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery today announced that Tara Tuttle, 35, of Coral Springs, claimed a $10 million top prize in the BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Five $10 million and 74 $1 million prizes still remain.
Tuttle says she carried around the winning ticket for more than a month before she actually scratched it and noticed she won the $10 million top prize. “I had a feeling that it was a lucky ticket but I didn’t want to find out quite yet. Now I’m just overwhelmed and so excited to buy my family a home and look into options for opening a charitable organization for those affected with cancer,” said Tuttle.
Tuttle chose the one-time, lump-sum payment option for her winnings, in the amount of $6,500,000.00. The winning ticket was purchased from Publix, located at 2201 N. University Drive in Coral Springs.
The $20 Scratch-Off game, BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER, offers the highest cash payout of any Scratch-Off game in Lottery history. To date, the game has awarded more than $407.4 million in prizes. The overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.98.
The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or 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.
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