FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS(850) 487-7727Communications@flalottery.com
DAYTONA BEACH FATHER WINS $2 MILLION
TOP PRIZE TO INVEST IN HIS FAMILY
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that James Wilkerson, 31, of Daytona Beach, claimed the first $2 million top prize from the new $10 GOLD RUSH SUPREME Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,760,000.00.
Wilkerson is excited to invest his winnings in both his family and his family business. "This money gives me the ability to provide the best possible futures for my daughters," he told the Lottery. "I also plan to use some of my winnings to invest in my family's auto business!"
Wilkerson purchased his winning ticket from Speedway, located at 1102 West Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach. The retailer will receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $10 GOLD RUSH SUPREME game features more than $244 million in cash prizes, including eight top prizes of $2 million! The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-3.49.
Players can also enter non-winning GOLD RUSH SUPREME tickets into the Gold Rush Supreme Bonus Play Promotion! In each of the eight drawings, one player will win a growing jackpot prize starting at $10,000, five players will each win $5,000, 15 players will each win $1,000, and 20 players will each win $500. For more information, visit www.flalottery.com.
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. Payers 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 $73.2 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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