Another local resident wins big on a Florida Lottery scratch-off. The prize: $1 million

Another lucky winner has cashed in on a Florida Lottery scratch-off game.

Juan Soto, a 47-year-old man from Sarasota, scored a $1 million prize on the “Florida 100X the Cash” game.

At $30 a ticket, the scratch-off is in the highest price bracket for Florida Lottery games. But the steep price tag also comes with slightly higher odds of a payout — a fact that seems to have worked in Soto’s favor.

Soto chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump-sum payment of $770,000. He claimed the prize at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee this week. Soto opted not to take a publicity photo.

“Florida 100X the Cash” launched in February 2018 and began with eight top prizes of $15 million, which is the largest top prize offered on a Florida Lottery scratch-off. The game also includes 20 prizes of $1 million.

After Soto’s recent win, three $1 million prizes remain, according to the Florida Lottery. Only one top prize is yet to be claimed.

Overall odds of winning on the scratch-off are one-in-2.59.

Gamblers still have time to try their luck at winning the last of the big prizes; an end date for the game has not yet been announced.

Soto’s winning ticket came from A&S Discount Beverages at 4340 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. The business earns a $2,000 bonus commission for selling it.

“Scratch-offs are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, generating more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in fiscal year 2017-18, and comprising approximately 69 percent of ticket sales,” Florida Lottery said in a press release.

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