FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
HAWTHORNE MAN SET FOR LIFE AFTER CLAIMING TOP PRIZE
IN THE $10,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Calvin Ciociola, 51, of Hawthorne, claimed the second of six top prizes in the 10,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Ciociola chose to receive the winnings in annual payments of $520,000 for 20 years.
Ciociola purchased his winning ticket from Circle K, located at 1137 State Road 20 in Interlachen. The retailer will receive a $20,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $20 Scratch-Off game, $10,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE, launched in September, and features more than $450 million in total cash prizes and over ten million winning tickets, including six top prizes of $10,000 a week for life! The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-2.97.
Scratch-Offs are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, generating more than $784 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in FY 2016-17, and comprising approximately 68 percent of ticket sales.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $33 billion to education and sending more than 775,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and contributions to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $56.3 billion in prizes and made more than 2,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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