MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — A Mexico Beach man has several million reasons to be happy today, according to the Florida Lottery.
“James Whittington of Mexico Beach has won the $5,000,000 CASHWORD Scratch Game $5 million top prize at the lottery’s headquarters in Tallahassee,” lottery officials said in a press release. . “Whittington purchased his winning ticket at St. Joes Food Mart, located at 609 Monument Avenue in Port Saint Joe. The retailer will receive a bonus commission of $2,000 for the sale of the winning scratch ticket.
They added that Whittington agreed to a one-time lump sum payment of $3,915,000.00.
“The $20, $5,000,000 CASHWORD game launched in May 2020 and features eight $5 million first prizes and 24 $1 million second tier prizes!” lottery officials wrote. “The overall odds of winning the game are one in 2.91.”
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