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'Set for life': Hernando County man gets $1M lucky break from $2 scratch-off game

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Feb 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-07 18:55:48-05

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — A Hernando County man's luck has changed after claiming the top prize from the $1,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE scratch-off game.

The Florida Lottery announced that Frank O’Dell claimed a top prize from the $1,000 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

O’Dell, according to the Florida Lottery, chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $930,000.00.

“I’ve never been very lucky,” O’Dell told the Florida Lottery. “But I think it’s safe to say that my luck has finally changed and now I’m set for life!”

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O’Dell purchased his winning ticket from Circle K, located at 2025 North Lecanto Highway in Lecanto, which will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

The $2 game offers eight top prizes of $1,000 a week for life. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.43.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75% of ticket sales and generating more than $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2020-21.