One ticket paid a million dollars.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really play scratch-off games. I’ve never won much by playing them. The only time I take part in the lottery is when the jackpot gets huge. That’s how most Floridians play. It’s not the most logical way to win, considering that your odds become worse as the jackpot rises. But a guy in Jacksonville just accomplished the unthinkable. He strolled into a BP gas station, got a scratch-off ticket and won a million dollars.
Officials from the Florida Lottery say 31-year-old Matthew Gordon dropped by the lottery headquarters to claim his $1 million dolalr prize, opting for the cash payment. Since he chose the lump sum, he was issued a check for $820,000 on the spot. Not a bad return on a single scratch-off ticket, huh? The game he played is called 500X and it was definitely a great investment. Even if Gordon made $82,000 a year at his current job, it would have taken him a decade to earn that kind of money, and that’s only if he had no expenses whatsoever. As usual, the BP gas station that sold him the ticket will receive a payment as well, in this case they will get a $2,000 bonus.
Gordon’s chance of winning were far better than with big jackpots. His odds were 1-in-267,739. The Florida lottery says there are still 38 $1 million dollar prizes left in the game. Even more impressive is the remaining $25 million prize that has yet to be won. The $25 million dollar prize is the largest ever offered in a scratch-off game. The odds of winning this particular game are quite good, too. You have 1-in-4.5 chance of winning something. The ticket is not cheap, though. It costs $50 to play each time. Source: WFLA.com
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The Best Florida Cities For Retirement
Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Multiple Florida cities made a list of best places for retirement, one even earned the top spot. Deciding where to retire can be a tough decision (for some), but for Floridians, we know nothing is better than the Sunshine State.
It’s pretty obvious why people flee to Florida to retire. We have warm weather year-round, beautiful beaches, plenty of golf courses, and easy access to health care. Coincidentally, those are a lot of the factors Niche based their study on. This study was looking for cities that would score high for: weather, crime rates, residents 65 and older, housing costs, and access to amenities such as restaurants, golf courses, exercise facilities, and doctors. States like California and Arizona are also considered prime retirement destinations. To keep you from reading about the same states, a maximum of 10 places per state were featured.
Some of the most desirable retirement destinations are those located near major cities like San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. But because cost of living is so high, it’s not ideal for people on fixed incomes. Not only do we have multiple retirement communities in Florida, but so many activities for them to take part in! We get that wasting your retirement years on a rocking chair on your front porch is no longer ideal. Seniors in Florida can choose between a variety of natural attractions.
We won’t feature all 100 best retirement cities, just the ones in Florida. If you’d like to see the whole list, click here.
[Source: News Channel 8]
Here are the best Florida cities for retirement
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Sean Roberts was conceived in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky by two passionate, panel aligning, third shifters who had grown bored with the same ole same ole. Upon birth, he was placed in the trunk of a new Stingray and sent off to find his destiny.
That destiny included several stints on radio stations across the United States. Some played punk country gospel, while others focused on Croatian death metal played backwards.
After many years and many adventures, Sean wound up on The Shark, where he does shots of tequila while playing the most badass tunes ever created by humankind.
He remains humble, however, never forgetting about the lean years...the street corners and dark alleys where he played songs on his car stereo for food and sex.
He's on top and he's never gonna stop LIVING THE DREAM!