FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
HAWAII MAN WINS $1 MILLION PRIZE PLAYING 50X THE CASH SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announces that Benjamin Fonseca Jr. 52, of Hilo, HI, claimed a $1 million top prize in the 50X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Fonseca chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $800,000. He purchased his winning Scratch-Off ticket at Publix, located at 125 E. Merritt Island Causeway in Merritt Island.
The $10 game, 50X THE CASH, offered eight top prizes of $1 million. Two of these top prizes remain to be won. The overall odds of winning are one in 3.46.
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 98 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 600,000 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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