FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2020
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727
NEW PORT RICHEY MAN CLAIMS $1 MILLION PRIZE FROM
THE $15,000,000 GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Anthony Pesce, 31, of New Port Richey, claimed a $1 million prize from the $15,000,000 GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION Scratch-Off game using a secured drop box located at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000.00.
Pesce purchased his winning ticket from 7-Eleven, located at 1324 U.S. Highway 19 in Holiday. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $15,000,000 GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION game launched in February 2019 and features six top prizes of $15 million - the largest Scratch-Off top prize offered by the Florida Lottery! The game also offers 24 prizes of $1 million. The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-2.60.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2019-20.
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.
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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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