FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
LUCKY JACKSONVILLE MAN WINS $1 MILLION PRIZE PLAYING $10,000,000 FORTUNE SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that John Barry, 38, of Jacksonville, claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 FORTUNE Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
Barry chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $792,000.00. He purchased his winning ticket from Kangaroo Express, located at 10550 San Jose Boulevard in Jacksonville.
Barry said he was at the store cashing two other winning Scratch-Off tickets when he decided to try his luck one more time. "After I cashed my other tickets I bought one more Scratch-Off ticket and went home," he said. "I was home for about an hour before I actually scratched it and realized I had another winner - but this time it was a much bigger prize!"
The $25 Scratch-Off game, $10,000,000 FORTUNE, launched on February 23, and 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 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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