The Florida Lottery announced on Friday that Tara Tuttle, 35, of Coral Springs, claimed a $10 million top prize in the BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Five $10 million and 74 $1 million prizes still remain.
Tuttle says she carried around the winning ticket for more than a month before she actually scratched it and noticed she won the $10 million top prize.
“I had a feeling that it was a lucky ticket but I didn’t want to find out quite yet. Now I’m just overwhelmed and so excited to buy my family a home and look into options for opening a charitable organization for those affected with cancer,” said Tuttle.
Tuttle chose the one-time, lump-sum payment option for her winnings, in the amount of $6,500,000.00. The winning ticket was purchased from Publix, located at 2201 N. University Drive in Coral Springs.
The $20 Scratch-Off game, BILLION DOLLAR BLOCKBUSTER, offers the highest cash payout of any Scratch-Off game in Lottery history. To date, the game has awarded more than $407.4 million in prizes. The overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.98.
The Florida Lottery offers approximately 60 Scratch-Off games at any given time through vending machines or counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, making up approximately 58 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $495 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2011-12.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.