FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
TAMARAC WOMAN WINS TOP PRIZE
PLAYING $2,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Hortense McCarthy, 67, of Tamarac, claimed a $2 million top prize in the $2,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,600,000.00.
McCarthy usually purchases her tickets from a clerk, but decided to try the vending machine this time. "I bought two just in case. I couldn't believe it when the second one turned out to be a winner!"
McCarthy purchased her winning ticket from Publix, located at 8140 West Mcnab Road in North Lauderdale. The retailer will receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $10 game, $2,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, features more than $206.5 million in prizes and more than 8.2 million winning tickets. The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-3.41.
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 $33 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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