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Tallahassee man wins $1 million prize from Florida Lottery scratch-off

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 63-year-old Tallahassee man is an instant millionaire after discovering a winning scratch-off ticket inside his pocket was worth 1,000 times more than he originally thought.

The Florida Lottery announced Friday that Lee Wingfield, 63, of Tallahassee, claimed a $1 million prize from the new 200X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $890,000.

Officials report Wingfield didn’t immediately realize he had won $1 million.

“I originally thought I won $1,000, so I put the ticket in my pocket and went about my day. That night I realized my prize had a lot more than three zeros in it,” he said.

Wingfield purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 2111 Northeast Capital Circle in Tallahassee. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

The $20 game, 200X THE CASH, launched in September and features more than $446 million in cash prizes, including ten top prizes of $5 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.96.

Florida Lottery offices are currently open to the public by appointment only for players with prizes valued at $5,000 or more.

A 63-year-old Tallahassee man is an instant millionaire after discovering a winning scratch-off ticket inside his pocket was worth 1,000 times more than he thought originally.

Another Broward lottery winner hits for nearly $1 million on 7-Eleven scratch-off

David Selig, Digital Executive Producer

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – A Deerfield Beach man is the latest big lottery winner from Broward County.

Juan Peralta Romero, 35, claimed a $50,000 a Year for Life prize from the “Lucky $200,000 A Year For Life” scratch-off game. He elected to take his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $917,525.10, lottery officials say.

Peralta Romero bought the $20 ticket from the 7-Eleven at 3580 West Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach. The store gets a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning scratcher.

He’s the third Broward County man this week who has been announced as a near million-dollar winner from a scratch-off. Lucky winners from Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach were revealed on Monday.

Last week, lottery officials announced that a Tamarac man won a $2.5 million jackpot from the Florida Lotto drawing, and another Pompano Beach man won $1,000 for life from a gas station quick-pick in Oakland Park.

Florida Lottery says that particular scratch-offs comprise about 75% of ticket sales and generating more than $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in the last fiscal year.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the type of top prize the winner received.

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A 35-year-old man from Deerfield Beach claimed a $1 million prize from the “Lucky $200,000 A Year For Life” scratch-off game. He elected to take his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $917,525.10, Florida Lottery officials say. ]]>