WEST MELBOURNE, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that Timmy Edwards, 50, of West Melbourne, claimed a $5 million prize in the 25th Anniversary Edition MILLIONAIRE Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida.
Edwards chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $3,962,347.44. He purchased his winning Scratch-Off ticket at R & D Food & Gas, located at 2480 Minton Road in West Melbourne.
The special 25th Anniversary Scratch-Off ticket, reminiscent of the Lottery's very first Scratch-Off game, MILLIONAIRE, launched in celebration of 25 years of the Florida Lottery giving back to players. The game features over $290 million in total cash prizes, including 25 prizes ranging from $1 million to $5 million, and the highest prize payout percentage ever in Florida Lottery history. This ticket features one-in-2.87 overall odds of winning, the best overall odds of any Scratch-Off game currently available from the Florida Lottery.
The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, making up approximately 58 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $495 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2011-12.