DAVIE, Fla. – A trip to the gas station was worth a whole lot of cash for South Florida’s newest lucky lottery big winner.
Joel Paletz, 53, of Davie, hit for a $1 million top prize on the 50X The Cash scratch-off, Florida Lottery officials announced.
Paletz decided to take his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $890,000.
Not bad for a $5 ticket.
Lottery officials say Paletz bought it at the Shell station at 3215 South University Drive in Davie. The retailer gets a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the lucky scratcher.
The 50X The Cash game launched in September and has 10 top prizes each worth $1 million.
Last week, lottery winners from Miami, Miami Gardens and Miramar were announced.
Florida Lottery says that scratch-offs make up about 75% of their ticket sales and drove over $1 billion to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in the 2019-20 fiscal year.