Yu Lin of Lutz said she got an early birthday present after she claimed a $1 million prize from The Florida Lottery thanks to a lucky scratch-off ticket she bought from a local grocery store.
Lin, 36, chose to receive a one-time, lump sum payment of $721,400 in exchange for the 100X The Cash Scratch-Off ticket she bought at Winn-Dixie, 18407 U.S. 41, in Lutz. The store will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the ticket.
“When I realized that I had won, I was completely shocked,” Lin said in a release. “What are the odds that not only would I win, but that I would win so close to my birthday?”
The scratch-off game was launched in February that range in price from $1 to $25 a ticket, and offers millions of dollars in instant prizes, lottery officials said.
Games like this are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, officials said. It comprises nearly 64 percent of ticket sales, and generates more than $640 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund this past year..