FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
RETIRED ARMY VETERAN CLAIMS FIRST TOP PRIZE FROM
THE $1,000,000 CASHWORD SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that John Barchella, 53, of Palm Bay, claimed a top prize in the $1,000,000 CASHWORD Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $760,000.00.
Barchella who recently retired from the Army after 21 years of service, said he went into the store to buy one ticket but changed his mind at the counter and decided to buy two tickets; one for himself, and one for his wife. "I decided at the last second to buy two tickets instead of one, and the second ticket actually turned out to be the big winner! I just feel so blessed."
Barchella purchased his winning ticket from 7-Eleven, located at 3505 Bayside Lakes Boulevard in Palm Bay. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $10 Scratch-Off game, $1,000,000 CASHWORD, launched on May 17, 2016 and features eight top prizes of $1 million and more than 2.9 million winning tickets. The overall odds of winning are one-in-3.39.
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.
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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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