Florida man credits his Lottery scratch-off win to his pregnant dog

Leonard Linton, 42, says he’s getting his pup a new kennel

Leonard Linton, 42, with his lucky dog, Ivy. (Florida Lottery)

PINETTA, Fla. – A 42-year-old Florida man won a whopping $2 million playing the 100X The Cash scratch-off game.

Leonard Linton, of Pinetta, which is located in northern Florida, chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,645,000.

Linton credits his win to his small, pregnant Dachshund named Ivy, as he says he received a call that Ivy wasn’t feeling well and took a different route home to get to her quickly, ultimately making a quick pit stop at a Stop N Shop, where he purchased the winning ticket.

“I still can’t believe it. This is life-changing, but I’m definitely getting Ivy a new kennel!” Linton said.

The convenience store will receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

The $10 game 100X The Cash, launched in January and features more than $337.9 million in cash prizes, including eight top prizes of $2 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-3.44.

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