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Fortunate Broward County resident strikes it rich with a million-dollar lottery prize

Broward County, Florida – A Cooper City man has just become a millionaire overnight thanks to his lucky streak with the Florida Lottery.

Giovanni Salazar, a 44-year-old resident, recently claimed his winnings of nearly $1 million after winning the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game.

According to reports, Salazar opted for a one-time lump sum payment of $820,000.00, and expressed his gratitude for the life-changing amount.

The winning ticket was purchased at the local Publix store, situated on 5656 South Flamingo Road, earning the retailer a bonus commission of $2,000. Salazar’s name and good fortune have become the talk of the town, with many flocking to the store to purchase their own lucky scratch-off tickets.

The $50 500X THE CASH game boasts the largest prize ever offered on a Florida Scratch-Off game, with a whopping $25 million top prize. With odds of 1-in-4.50, Salazar’s win serves as a reminder of the game’s potential for an instant millionaire status.

As Scratch-Off games remain a significant part of the Lottery’s sales, accounting for around 77% of ticket sales in the last fiscal year, this recent win further adds to the Lottery’s legacy of generating substantial revenue for Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF), with Scratch-Off games alone having generated more than $17.69 billion since inception.

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