FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A 68-year-old Fort Lauderdale man is set up for a very happy holiday season after he scored the $5 million top prize on a scratch-off he bought from a local Publix.
Raymond Cineus decided to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,915,000, Florida Lottery announced.
Cineus won on the $5,000,000 Cashword scratcher that he bought for $20 from the Publix at 9300 Commercial Boulevard in Sunrise. That market gets a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.
Lottery officials say this specific scratch-off game launched in May and has eight of those $5 million top prizes, plus 24 second prizes worth $1 million.
According to Florida Lottery, 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.