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62-year-old Hudson woman claims $1 million prize in scratch-off lottery game

She bought her ticket at a Publix in Hudson.
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In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo, scratch-off lottery tickets for sale are on display at Eagles Express in Knightdale, N.C. North Carolina’s lottery has steadily grown over its first decade and its leaders say it has room to grow even more in the coming years. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

HUDSON, Fla. — One Pasco County woman recently woke up $1 million richer. Well, $700,000 to be exact. 

The Florida Lottery announced that Patricia Geanuracos, 62, claimed the $1 million top prize in the LUCK Scratch-Off lottery game Thursday.

She decided to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $700,000.

Geanuracos bought her ticket at a Publix on Little Road in Hudon. The lucky Publix will also get a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket, the Florida Lottery added.

The $1,000,000 LUCK game started in February and features eight top prizes of $1 million and more than $72.8 million in total cash prizes for customers buying a $5 ticket.

Scratch-offs make up around 69 percent of ticket sales for the Florida Lottery and have generated more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. 

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