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Big win at Publix: Winter Haven man claims $1 million prize from Florida Lottery Scratch-Off game


Tallahassee, Florida – Carlos Cole, Sr., a 53-year-old resident of Winter Haven, Florida, has become the latest millionaire thanks to the Florida Lottery’s SEVEN FIGURES Scratch-Off game. Cole visited the Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee to claim his $1 million top prize, opting for a one-time, lump-sum payment of $695,000.

A Fortunate Purchase

The winning ticket was purchased at a Publix store located at 6031 Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven. The retailer also benefited from Cole’s win and received a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket. The SEVEN FIGURES game, priced at $5 per ticket, features more than 5.8 million winning tickets and offers a top prize of $1 million, making it a popular choice among lottery enthusiasts.

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The $5 SEVEN FIGURES Scratch-Off game is not only a lucrative option for participants but also an exciting one. The game boasts over 5.8 million winning tickets, including multiple top prizes of $1 million. Players have more than $79.5 million in total cash prizes available to win. The SEVEN FIGURES game offers players a 1-in-3.77 overall chance of winning.

Impact on Florida’s Education

Scratch-Off games play a crucial role in the Florida Lottery’s offerings, accounting for about 72 percent of ticket sales in the fiscal year 2022-2023. Since their inception, Scratch-Offs have not only awarded over $61.9 billion in prizes but also created more than 2,103 millionaires. These games also play a significant role in supporting educational initiatives; they have generated more than $18.95 billion for the state’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).

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