The Florida Lottery announced that Solomon Garens, 45, of Munroe Falls, Ohio claimed a $1 million prize from the GOLD RUSH LIMITED Scratch-Off game at Lottery Headquarters.
He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $795,000.00.
The trip from Munroe Falls, Ohio to Florida is a grueling 17 hours. “I was exhausted. We had promised the kids we would visit family in Florida before summer ended.”
Rolling her eyes, Garen’s wife joked that she had asked for a pit stop to grab some water a couple hours before Garens finally took a rest. After filling up the car, Garens grabbed his wife a water and a Scratch-Off ticket. “When I saw the million-dollar prize, I couldn’t believe it!” Garens added with a tired, but very happy smile, “I guess the only bad news is this has added a four-hour detour to our trip.”
Garens purchased his winning ticket from RaceTrac, located at 301 Palm Coast Parkway in Palm Coast. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $20 Scratch-Off game, GOLD RUSH LIMITED, launched in September 2021 and features 32 top prizes of $5 million and 100 prizes of $1 million! Additionally, this ticket is filled with over 33,000 prizes of $1,000 to $100,000! The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.65.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2021-22.