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FORT MYERS MAN IS FIRST TO CLAIM A $1 MILLION PRIZE IN THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION MILLIONAIRE GAME
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announced that Daniel S. Klick, 28, of Ft. Myers, claimed the first $1 million prize in the MILLIONAIRE Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Three $5 million top prizes and 21 $1 million prizes remain.
Klick chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $832,405.50. He purchased the winning ticket at 7-Eleven, located at 2265 Colonial Boulevard in Ft. Myers.
The $25 Scratch-Off game, MILLIONAIRE, launched on September 25 and offers 25 prizes from $1 million to $5 million. This ticket features one-in-2.87 overall odds of winning. Ticket sales for MILLIONAIRE began a year-long 25th anniversary celebration by the Florida Lottery to give back to our players with the best overall odds of any Scratch-Off game currently available, and the highest prize payout percentage ever with more than five million winning tickets. Ticket sales for the first week surpassed $13.9 million, making this the top selling ticket for opening week sales since the original MILLIONAIRE ticket launched in January 1988.
From September 25 through December 11, players can enter their non-winning MILLIONAIRE tickets in the 25th Anniversary MILLIONAIRE Second Chance Promotion on the Lottery’s website. In each of the five Second Chance drawings, the first prize winner will be awarded a trip for two to the Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, where all five winners will participate in a live MILLIONAIRE Million Dollar Giveaway. Four of the five will each win $250,000 and one lucky player will win $1 million during a live on-stage reveal.
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.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 99 percent of its revenue into the state’s economy through prize payouts, contributions 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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