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Fort Pierce woman, 22, wins $1 million playing Florida Lottery scratch-off game

Karen Melendez Escalante chooses lump-sum payment of $795,000
Posted at 12:49 PM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 12:49:40-04

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.