FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
PUNTA GORDA WOMAN CLAIMS $1 MILLION PRIZE PLAYING
THE NEW $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Laura Connell, 60, of Punta Gorda, claimed a $1 million prize in the $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $745,000.00.
With tears of joy, Connell said that she has always believed in miracles, and for her winning the Lottery is nothing short of an answered prayer.
Connell purchased her winning ticket from Sunoco Mart, located at 19451 State Road 31 in North Fort Myers. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The new $20 game, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, features six top prizes of $5 million, 30 prizes of $1 million, and more than $752 million in total cash prizes! This $20 game offers more than 16.8 million winning tickets, and overall odds of winning are one-in-2.99.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $30 billion to education and sending more than 750,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 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 $52.4 billion in prizes and made more than 1,900 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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