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Sarasota boasts another lottery winner as woman claims $1 million prize

Sarasota added its second millionaire in two days, according to the Florida Lottery.

One day after Sarasota resident Christopher Van Brandt claimed $1 million after scratching off a winning $30 Gold Rush Special Edition ticket he purchased in Orlando, Catherine Deering claimed a $1 million prize for the ticket she bought in Sarasota.

Van Brandt played the special edition version of the scratch-off game, but Deering won her cash playing the $5 Gold Rush classic and purchased the winning ticket at the Publix located at 6534 South Tamiami Trail.

Publix will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

The Bradenton and Sarasota areas have been on a lucky streak through 2019.

On Sept. 6, Kylee Davis, 22, of Sarasota won $1,000 a week prize for life playing a $2 scratch-off ticket purchased in Sarasota.

On Sept. 19, Juan Soto, 47, of Sarasota, won $1 million on the Florida 11X the Cash game.

On May 6, Shirley Mack, 67, of Bradenton, played a $1 LUCK scratch-off game and claimed $700,000.

On Aug. 28, Timothy Parker, 53, of Bradenton won $5,000 a week for life playing a $10 scratch-off ticket he purchased while in north Florida.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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