FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A Fort Pierce resident just won a big prize playing the Florida Lottery.
Officials announced Thursday that Mark Valeo, 58, of Fort Pierce, claimed a $1 million top prize playing a game called The Fastest Road to $1,000,000.
The lottery said Valeo bought his winning ticket from a Winn-Dixie grocery store located at 4967 South U.S. 1 in Fort Pierce.
The retailer will also receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning scratch-off ticket, according to the Florida Lottery.
Lottery officials said Valeo chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000.
The Fastest Road to $1,000,000, a $30 scratch-off game, began in February. The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-2.79, but the odds of winning $1 million are 1-in-270,717.