TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — One lucky Florida woman walked into Publix as a customer, and “strolled out a millionaire” after winning a $1 million prize from the Florida Lottery.
Karen Dowling, 62, of Port Charlotte, claimed her million-dollar prize after playing the 500X the Cash scratch-off game. Dowling chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.
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Dowling’s odds of winning the second-place prize were 1-in-267,739, according to the Florida Lottery’s website.
Dowling bought her winning ticket from Publix, located at 24051 Peachland Boulevard in Port Charlotte. The retailer will also receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.
The $50 game features a top prize of $25 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50, the lottery said.