FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A young woman in St. Lucie County struck gold playing a Florida Lottery scratch-off game.
The Florida Lottery announced Wednesday that Karen Melendez Escalante, 22, of Fort Pierce, claimed a $1 million prize from the Gold Rush Limited scratch-off game.
Officials said she chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $795,000.
Melendez Escalante purchased her winning ticket from Causeway Food and Beverage, located at 1998 North U.S. Highway 1 in Fort Pierce.
The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The game's overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.65. However, the odds of winning $1 million are 1-in-756,000.