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Okeechobee man cashes in on $1M scratch off

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jun 10, 2016

A 44-year-old man apparently has the magic touch, winning multiple times in the Florida Lottery after only moving to the area a few months ago.

Officials said Friday that Christopher Cummins, of Okeechobee, Fla., won $1 million playing a scratch-off ticket.

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Cummins, who moved to Florida from Ohio six months ago, won playing the state's $5,000,000 Flamingo Multiplier Scratch-Off game.

Cummins chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $784,427.20.

He purchased his winning ticket from a Sun Food store located at 1009 Hunter Rd. in Okeechobee.

The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning scratch-off ticket.

Before winning this big prize, he was in the process of cashing in other winnings.

Cummins said he recently won a $1,000 prize on two different scratch-off tickets in the past few weeks.

“I was actually on my way down to the Lottery’s West Palm Beach District Office to cash those in when I decided to stop and buy another ticket; that’s when I got the million-dollar winner!” said Cummins.