FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727
PINELLAS COUNTY MAN STRIKES IT RICH AFTER PLAYING
THE NEW DIAMOND MINE 9X SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Jerome Boies, 54, of Largo, claimed a $500,000 top prize from the new DIAMOND MINE 9X Scratch-Off game using a secured drop box located at the Tampa District Office. He purchased his winning ticket from Circle K, located at 13098 Walsingham Road in Largo.
The $5 game, DIAMOND MINE 9X, launched in December 2020 and features over $48 million in total cash prizes. The game's overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.00.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2019-20.
Florida Lottery offices are currently open to the public by appointment only for players with prizes valued at $600 or more. Players can request a claim appointment at Headquarters and district offices through the Lottery's website, at www.flalottery.com/howToClaim. Players can still utilize the secured drop box located at each district office or mail tickets to Florida Lottery Headquarters or a district office.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA LOTTERY
The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $38 billion to education and sending more than 880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers, and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $72.5 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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