TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A man visiting Florida went home $1 million richer after he bought a winning scratch-off ticket.
The Florida Lottery announced that 33-year-old LeQuintis Long of Rock Hill, South Carolina claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH scratch-off game at the Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
Long chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.
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Lottery officials said Long bought the winning ticket from Murphy Express on Hutchinson Boulevard in Panama City Beach. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.
Officials said Long was visiting family in Florida when he bought the ticket.
The $50 scratch-off game features a top prize of $25 million. It also offers the best odds to become an instant millionaire.
The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50.
According to the Florida Lottery’s website, there is one $25 million grand prize remaining and 23 $1 million prizes remaining.