FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
LAKE CITY WOMAN CLAIMS TOP PRIZE IN THE
LUCKY $200,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery today announced that Wendy Holmes, 46, of Lake City, claimed a top prize in the LUCKY $200,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,202,017.41.
"All of this feels so unreal to me! I had to check my ticket several times to make sure it was a real winner," said Wendy. "I'm so excited, but I'm still in shock. I can't believe that I won all this money."
Holmes purchased her winning Scratch-Off ticket at Stop N' Go Food Store, located at 1263 U.S. Highway 90 West in Lake City. The retailer will receive an $8,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $20 Scratch-Off game, LUCKY $200,000 A YEAR FOR LIFE, launched in January 2010, and features more than $450 million in total prizes. The game's overall odds are one-in- 2.94.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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