Tara Tuttle: Coral Springs woman hits for $10M on lottery scratch-off

A Coral Springs woman has claimed a $10 million lottery win -- the largest haul of the year so far in Broward and Palm Beach counties

   Tara Tuttle, 35, of Coral Springs, claimed the $10 million top prize in the Billion Dollar Blockbust Scratch-off game at  Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Her ticket cost $20 (yep, 20 bucks. But the lottery officials note that scratch-off payback is about 70 percent compared to 50 percent for the draw games).

   Tuttle told lottery officials she carried around the winning ticket for more than a month before she actually scratched it and noticed she won the $10 million top prize.

  "I had a feeling that it was a lucky ticket but I didn't want to find out quite yet," she told them. She told them she's going to look into starting a charitable organization for those affected with cancer, but couldn't be reached for further details.

   Five $10 million and 74 $1 million prizes still remain in the scratch-off game. While Powerball and the Florida Lotto are the games known to most casual lottery players, scratch-offs make for about 57 percent of statewide sales, lottery officials say.

   Tuttle chose the one-time, lump-sum payment option of $6.5 million The winning ticket was purchased from Publix, located at 2201 N. University Drive in Coral Springs.

 The largest win before Tuttle's was a $6 million Florida Lotto win in January. No Floridian has taken home the top Powerball prize this year.
 

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