Man first to win $15M in Florida Lottery scratch-off game
TALLHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A north Florida man has become the first to claim a $15-million top prize in the Florida Lottery’s new Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme scratch-off game, officials said.
Richard Morgan, 57, of Homosassa, claimed the prize last week using a secured drop box located at a Gainesville district office, according to a Florida Lottery news release. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $13.2 million.
Morgan purchased his winning ticket from Jiffy Foods in Homosassa, officials said. The retailer will receive a $30,000 bonus commission.
The Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme game launched in February and features four top prizes of $15 million. That’s the largest scratch-off top prize offered by the Florida Lottery. The game also offers 24 prizes of $1 million.
Tickets for the game cost $30. The odds of winning the top prize are about 1-in-11.6 million.