ST. PETERSBURG -- The Florida Lottery launched its Sign Your Ticket campaign this week to protect the winnings of rightful owners.
Shanese Robinson, in St. Petersburg, plays every day.
Because Im pretty lucky at it, said Shanese Robinson, lottery player.
She never signs the back of her ticket though, and the Florida Lottery said that is the only way to protect the winnings.
Lottery officials want players to immediately sign the backs of their lottery tickets as soon as they purchase them.
Officials said the signature protects the player from others stealing or finding their ticket and turning it in as their own.
That's why the Florida Lottery launched its campaign online, on social media, and in stores.
Its the surest way to guarantee you are the designated rightful owner and that only you are entitled to the prize won, said Cynthia OConnell, Florida Lottery Secretary.
Last year Robinson lost a ticket and learned the hard way when someone else claimed the prize.
I lost $580, said Robinson.
Its stories like that that has the Florida Lottery urging players to sign every ticket every time.
Since 1998 Florida Lottery games have paid more than $37 billion in prizes.
More than 1,300 people are millionaires because of them.