SARASOTA, Fla. — An Air Force veteran who lives in Florida just claimed $1 million after playing a lottery scratch-off game.
Officials announced Friday that Ricky Lansford, 68, of Sarasota won the top prize in the Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off game.
He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000.
"We couldn't believe it!" Lansford told the Florida Lottery. "My wife and I noticed a lot of people winning $1 million from The Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off game, so we decided to try our luck! Now we're celebrating our own big win!"
Air Force Veteran, Ricky Lansford of #Sarasota is on ‘Cloud Nine’ after winning $1 Million !! 🤑❤ Congratulations to our newest winner! 🥳🚗 #FloridaLotteryMillionaire https://t.co/tIjgJUVY7G pic.twitter.com/kazHwcQHpS— Florida Lottery (@floridalottery) February 4, 2022
Lansford purchased his winning ticket at a Shell gas station located at 3440 South Osprey Avenue in Sarasota.
The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $30 game launched in February 2020 and features 155 top prizes of $1,000,000.
The game's overall odds of winning are one-in-2.79. However, the odds of winning $1 million are 1-in-270,717.