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Sarasota man wins $1 million from Monopoly scratch-off

He received his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $715,000.
Credit: Phil Buck

SARASOTA, Fla. — A 75-year-old Sarasota man has claimed his top prize from the $5 Monopoly Jackpot scratch-off game in Tallahassee, the Florida Lottery announced. 

Stephen Lyons decided to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum of $715,000. He declined to take a photo with his earnings. 

He bought the winning scratch-off at the Palmer Market located on Clark Road in Sarasota. The market will also get a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

The Monopoly Jackpot game started in July 2018 and has more than $32 million worth of cash prizes. 

The odds of winning the game are one-in-3.98. 

Scratch-off tickets have generated more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund and account for about 69 percent of ticket sales, the Florida Lottery claims. 

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