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Fort Pierce man wins $1 million playing Florida Lottery scratch-off game

Ticket sold at local Winn-Dixie store
Florida Lottery warns players of online scam
Posted at 2:28 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 14:29:37-04

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.