FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019
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SARASOTA MAN TURNS $30 INTO $1 MILLION PLAYING
THE GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Christopher Van Brandt, 27, of Sarasota, claimed a $1 million prize from the $30 GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000.00.
Van Brandt purchased his winning ticket from Suncoast Energy, located at 5928 Butler National Drive in Orlando. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $30 GOLD RUSH SPECIAL EDITION game launched in February and features six top prizes of $15 million - the largest Scratch-Off top prize offered by the Florida Lottery. The game also offers 24 prizes of $1 million. The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-2.60.
Scratch-Offs are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, generating more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in FY 2017-18, and comprising approximately 69 percent of ticket sales.
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