BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – A Florida man’s hunt for the perfect backpack for his daughter led to a nearly $1 million payout.
Cleveland Pope, 47, of Brooksville, hit for the million on the Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme scratch-off game when he bought a ticket in a different neighborhood than usual.
“I just happened to be on a different side of town from where I normally buy lottery tickets, all because I was looking for a specific backpack for my daughter to start school with,” Pope told Florida Lottery officials.
Pope bought the $30 ticket from Beverage 50 at 16370 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville, which is in Hernando County, north of Tampa and west of Orlando.
The store that sold the ticket receives a $2,000 bonus commission.
Pope took his winnings as a lump-sum payment of $880,000.
Another Florida man was announced Thursday as a $15 million winner in the Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme game.
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