FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2015
CONTACT: FLORIDA LOTTERY COMMUNICATIONS
POLK COUNTY WOMAN WINS TOP PRIZE
IN $500,000 GOLD RUSH SCRATCH-OFF GAME
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Lottery announces that Emelinda Jaimes, 62, of Haines City, claimed a top prize in the $500,000 GOLD RUSH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Jaimes purchased her winning ticket from La Tapatia V & V Grocery, Inc., located at 1102 Highway 17-92 in Haines City.
Jaimes says, "I always purchase my Scratch-Off tickets from the same two stores and have been really lucky this year, but I have never won anything this big!"
The $5 Scratch-Off game, $500,000 GOLD RUSH, launched on January 13, and offers more than 7.5 million prizes ranging from $5 to $10,000 and top prizes of $500,000. The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-4.23.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 67 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $632 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2014-15.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $28 billion to education and sending more than 700,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 97 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $48.5 billion in prizes and made more than 1,800 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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