FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
LEESBURG MAN WINS TOP PRIZE PLAYING
$5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE The Florida Lottery announces that Waldo Banks, 80, of Leesburg, claimed a top prize in the $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,725,000.
Banks purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 10601 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $20 game, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, features six top prizes of $5 million, 30 prizes of $1 million, and more than $752 million in total cash prizes! This $20 game offers more than 16.8 million winning tickets, and the overall odds of winning are one-in-2.99.
Scratch-Offs are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, generating more than $784 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in FY 2016-17, and comprising approximately 68 percent of ticket sales.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $32 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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