TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — One lucky Florida man credited another person’s behavior for winning a $1 million prize playing the 500X the Cash scratch-off lottery game.
“It was the end of a long day, and I was tired,” said 43-year-old Delray Beach resident, Stephen Munoz Espinoza. “I stopped at Publix and was about to buy a ticket at the machine when a man cut right in front of me.”
Instead of saying something, Espinoza said he decided to buy a ticket at the counter instead.
That’s when he realized he picked up a $1 million winning scratch-off ticket.
Espinoza told the Florida lottery the big win was still hard to believe.
“I can’t believe I won a million dollars!” Espinoza said, sharing that he and his wife now plan on buying a home for their family.
Espinoza bought his winning ticket from Publix, located at 555 Northeast 5th Avenue in Delray Beach. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.
As of this report, 42 tickets worth $1 million are still up for grabs, however, only 1 grand-prize ticket worth $25 million is left.
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The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50.