Merritt Island Man Claims $1 Million Prize Playing Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Game
By Space Coast Daily // October 12, 2023
winning ticket sold at Publix on 125 East Merritt Island Causeway
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Lottery announces that Paul Nitz, 54, of Merritt Island, claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at the Lottery’s Headquarters Office in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.
Nitz purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 125 East Merritt Island Causeway in Merritt Island. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $50 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game features a top prize of $25 million ⚊the largest ever offered on a Florida Scratch-Off game ⚊and the best odds to become an instant millionaire! The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 72 percent of ticket sales in fiscal year 2022-2023. Since inception, Scratch-Off games have awarded more than $58.3 billion in prizes, created 1,878 millionaires, and generated more than $18.09 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).