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Broward man surprising teen daughter after $1 million lottery score

It's always fun to hear about the lucky lottery winners who decide to share their fortune.
It's always fun to hear about the lucky lottery winners who decide to share their fortune. (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Christopher Richards had the winning scratch-off, but his teenage daughter might really be the lucky one.

Richards, 54, of Fort Lauderdale, claimed a $1 million top prize on a scratch-off ticket, and he says he’s using the winnings to set up his daughter for college and buy her a car.

“I’m going to surprise her by setting up a trust fund in her name, ensuring she can go to college, and getting her a reliable vehicle,” Richards told Florida Lottery officials, noting that he hadn’t told his daughter about the windfall before coming in to pick up his winnings.

“As a parent, you always want to give your kids more than you had, and now I can.”

Richards won on the Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratcher and opted to take his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000.

He bought the lucky $30 ticket from Legends Pub, at 6235 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, which gets a $2,000 bonus commission.

The Fastest Road to $1,000,000 launched in February and, according to Florida Lottery, has 155 top prizes worth $1 million and a total of more than $948 million in prizes.

Of course, Richards can’t be called the luckiest guy in Florida, as a Jacksonville man recently won a $5 million top prize from a scratch-off just three years after winning $1 million in another lottery game.

Broward has had its share of fortunate lottery winners in recent weeks, though.

Florida Lottery says scratch-offs comprise about 75% of their ticket sales and generated over $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

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David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.