FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
PORT CHARLOTTE WOMAN TURNS $5 INTO $500,000 PLAYING FLAMINGO
MULTIPLIER SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE -The Florida Lottery announces that Debra Maletich, 53, of Port Charlotte, claimed a top prize in the $500,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
Maletich purchased her winning ticket from Publix, located at 24051 Peachland Boulevard in Port Charlotte. "I never thought I would ever win the Lottery," said Maletich. "How lucky am I to have won $500,000!"
The $5 game, $500,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLER launched on January 12 and features more than 7.5 million winning tickets and more than $113 million in total cash prizes! The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-4.23.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $29 billion to education and sending more than 725,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 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 $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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