Local man wins $1M

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TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announces that John Kyles, 56, of Pensacola, claimed a $1 million top prize in the 50X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $711,505.77.

Kyles purchased his winning ticket from Tom Thumb, located on Mobile Highway in Pensacola. The retailer received a bonus commission of $2,000 for selling the $1 million winning ticket.

The $10 game, 50X THE CASH, offers more than $164 million in cash prizes, including 16 top prizes of $1 million. Nine top prizes remain. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.46.

The Florida Lottery launched 5X THE CASH, 10X THE CASH, 20X THE CASH and 50X THE CASH Scratch-Off games to join its most popular multiplier-themed game, 100X THE CASH. The CASH MULTIPLIER family of Scratch-Off games ranges in price from $1 to $25, and offers millions of dollars in instant-win prizes. For more information about these games visit http://www.flalottery.com.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 60 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $575 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2012-13.

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $26 billion to education and sending more than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 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 $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires. For more information, please visit http://www.flalottery.com.

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