At first, a Sarasota father and son thought they won big time.
It cost $25 to win what they thought was a thousand big ones from the $10,000,000 Fortune Scratch-Off ticket from Publix on Tuesday.
“When we got home and my son scratched the ticket we thought we won $1,000,” said 55-year-old Sarasota resident Peter Del Pizzo, “but then he kept scratching and more zeroes kept appearing.”
Three more zeroes, to be exact, leading to the $1 million prize.
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Del Pizzo bought the winning ticket at a North Venice Publix, located at 2438 Laurel Road East, according to a Florida Lottery press release. He chose to get the winnings as a lump sum of $729,000.
The odds of winning, according to the press release, are one in 2.88 million.
“We are both just so incredibly blessed that this happened to us,” Del Pizzo said.