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'Still in shock': Port St. Lucie man turns $5 into $500K playing Florida Lottery scratch-off game

Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 17:43:01-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — A Port St. Lucie man just won $500,000 after purchasing a winning scratch off ticket in Volusia County.

The Florida Lottery said Terry Dyas, 41, of Port St. Lucie, claimed a $500,000 top prize from the $500,000 SPECTACULAR Scratch-Off game.

Dyas purchased his winning ticket from a Racetrac convenience store located at 3000 State Rd. 44 in New Smyrna Beach.

Dyas said he was traveling to Daytona Beach for work when he stopped at the convenience store.

"The clerk asked me if I wanted the cash, or if I wanted another ticket," Dyas told lottery officials in Tallahassee. "So, I pulled out another $15 and asked for four $5 Scratch-Off tickets - clerk's choice."

Dyas said the $500,000 winning ticket was the last ticket he scratched.

"I couldn't believe it, I sat in my car shaking. I'm still in shock," he said.

The overall odds of winning while playing the $500,000 SPECTACULAR game are one-in-4.03, but the odds of winning $500,000 are 1-in-2,360,000.