U.S. Airman Celebrates 23rd Birthday with $1 Million Scratch-Off Prize

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Kyle Graziano poses with his oversized check after claiming a
$1 million prize in the $10,000,000 FORTUNE Scratch-Off game.

The Florida Lottery announces that Kyle Graziano, 23, of Valdosta, Georgia, claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 FORTUNE Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, one day before turning 23. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $792,000.00.

Graziano, a member of the United States Airforce, said he and his family were on the way to Orlando to visit relatives when he stopped at a gas station for a soda and picked up a Lottery ticket. “I never imagined that this ticket would be a winner. My wife and I are going to save the money for our daughters to use for college.”

Graziano purchased his winning ticket from Johnson & Johnson, located at 8191 State Road 6 West in Jasper. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

The $25 Scratch-Off game, $10,000,000 FORTUNE, features more than $623 million in total cash prizes, including 46 prizes of $1 million and four prizes of $10 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.88.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 68 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $784 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2016-17.


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