A man from Florida earns 5 million in the lottery and chooses to receive a single payment of 3 million 550 thousand

Posted on Friday, January 18, 2019 - 15:52 (GMT-5)

The headquarters of the Florida Lottery, in Tallahassee, announced yesterday through a communiqué that Anthony Roach - a man living in Clewiston, Hendry County - will receive a one-time payment of 3 million 550 thousand dollars, after having been the winner in the GOLD RUSH CLASSIC Scratch-Off game.

The man, 31, bought the winning ticket at a Clewiston Petroleum gas station, located at 101 North Berner Road. The store will get an additional commission of $ 10,000 for having sold the winning ticket.

The winner claimed a prize of 5 million, but chose a single payment of 3 and a half million dollars.

The $ 20 game, GOLD RUSH CLASSIC, was launched in October 2018, just three months ago, and offers players the chance to win up to $ 5 million. The overall odds of winning are one in 2.99.

Scratch-offs are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, and comprise approximately 69% of ticket sales.

They generated more than $ 871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2017-18, according to data released by the Florida Lottery on its website.

Since 1988, the Florida Lottery games have paid more than 61.2 billion in prizes and have made millionaires to more than 2,000 people.