Florida Lottery winner “can’t stop smiling”

Monday December 20th 2010

A 31-year-old Florida man who won a quarter of a million dollars on an instant scratchcard game has told lottery organisers that he just can’t stop smiling. Virgil Gentry Pelham III, of Jacksonville, bought his scratchcard at a Shell petrol station on Hodges Boulevard in the city on Thursday evening. And apparently, after discovering his good fortune, he had something of a sleepless night until he passed the winning ticket over to organisers the following morning.

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Although he hasn’t yet decided what to do with the winnings, Mr Pelham, said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the win.

After spending just $5 on the scratchcard, Mr Pelham managed to uncover one of only four $250,000 jackpot prizes. The new scratch-off game, called Black, was only released on November 29 and the remaining three jackpot lotto tickets are still out there. The game’s total prize fund is more than $21million.

According to Florida Lottery organisers, people are able to purchase instant scratchcards from more than 13,000 retailers across the state. Last year the games brought in almost $400million which was put towards Florida’s Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.

Written by Peter Kirkham

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