Man Turns a Trip to Fortune Liquors into a $1 Million Fortune!
The Florida Lottery (Lottery) today announces that Thomas Fotopoulos, 53, of Dothan, Alabama claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.00.
Fotopoulos shared that he has enjoyed playing the Florida Lottery since 1988. “I’ve been playing the Florida Lottery since it began. I just had a feeling about the 500X THE CASH game. I still can’t believe it!”
Fotopoulos purchased his winning ticket from Fortune Liquors, located at 5878 Highway 231 in Campbellton. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
Thomas Fotopoulos poses with an oversized check after claiming a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
The $50 game, 500X THE CASH, features a top prize of $25 million—the largest ever offered on a Florida Scratch-Off game—and the best odds to become an instant millionaire! The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 77 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1.8 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2021-22.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $42 billion to enhance education and sending more than 917,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $80.5 billion in prizes and made more than 3,500 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com