FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727
TAMPA MAN CLAIMS $1 MILLION TOP PRIZE
FROM THE $1,000,000 LUCK SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Michael Barnes, 64, of Tampa, claimed a $1 million top prize from the $1,000,000 LUCK Scratch-Off game after mailing in his winning ticket to Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000.00.
Barnes purchased his winning ticket from Pick N Pay, located at 8103 North 40th Street in Tampa. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $5 game, $1,000,000 LUCK, features over $72.8 million in total cash prizes. The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-4.04.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 69 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $965 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2018-19.
To help protect employees and players during the COVID-19 outbreak, Florida Lottery Headquarters and district offices remain closed to the public until further notice. Players who have winning tickets are encouraged to utilize the Lottery's secured drop box located at each district office or mail tickets to Florida Lottery Headquarters or their nearest district office. All claim deadlines have been extended, giving players the option to hold on to winning tickets and wait to claim any prizes until Lottery offices reopen to the public. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com/closures.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $37 billion to enhance education and sending more than 840,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 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 $71 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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