The Florida Lottery announces that James Morelli, 45, of Valparaiso, claimed a $1 million top prize in the $5 GOLD RUSH CLASSIC Scratch-Off game, at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump-sum payment of $705,000.00.
Morelli purchased his ticket from Cefco, located at 111 North County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $5 game, $1,000,000 GOLD RUSH CLASSIC, launched in January and offers more than $200.5 million in prizes, including 32 top prizes of $1 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.97.
Scratch-Offs are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, generating more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in FY 2017-18, and comprising approximately 69 percent of ticket sales.
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