Melbourne Man Wins Cool Million In Florida Lottery

By  //  March 21, 2015

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takes lump-sum payment of $760,722.45

The Florida Lottery announced that Darren Ellingsworth, 49, of Melbourne, claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 FLORIDA CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. (Florida Lottery image)

The Florida Lottery announced that Darren Ellingsworth, 49, of Melbourne, claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 FLORIDA CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. (Florida Lottery image)

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The Florida Lottery announced that Darren Ellingsworth, 49, of Melbourne, claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 FLORIDA CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $760,722.45.

Ellingsworth purchased his winning ticket from 7-Eleven, located at 1268 Aurora Road in Melbourne. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

Ellingsworth said he’s going to use some of his winnings to travel to Europe with his family. He is also planning to celebrate his 50th birthday in Las Vegas later this year.

The $25 game features more than 11 million winning tickets and more than $624 million in total cash prizes.

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Darren Ellingsworth purchased his winning ticket from 7-Eleven, located at 1268 Aurora Road in Melbourne.

There are currently 42 $1 million prizes and three $10 million prizes remaining to be won. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.88.

The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or counter displays at more than 13,000 retail locations statewide.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 64 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $640 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2013-14.

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ABOVE MAP: Darren Ellingsworth purchased his winning ticket from 7-Eleven, located at 1268 Aurora Road in Melbourne.


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