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Woman visiting Broward wins $1 million on scratch-off

She’s using the money to pay off her brother’s home

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A New York woman had a very lucky vacation in sunny South Florida.

Dagmar Schmalhaus, 57, of Queensbury, N.Y., bought a scratch-off in Hollywood while visiting her brother recently.

She didn’t actually scratch it until returning home, only to find that she was $1 million richer.

“I bought the ticket while visiting my brother and forgot to scratch it until returning home to New York,” Schmalhaus told Florida Lottery officials. “Once I realized I won $1 million, I told myself the first thing I want to do is pay off my brother’s house.”

Schmalhaus decided to take the winnings from the 200X The Cash game as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $890,000.

She bought the lucky $20 ticket from Hollywood Discount Liquors at 1011 North Federal Highway. The store gets a $2,000 bonus commission.

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