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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