A woman who has won $5 million on the Florida Lotteryâ€™s $20 Flamingo Multiplier scratchcard only discovered she was due the massive prize a number of days after making the purchase. Suzanne Gulledge, of Sorrento, Lake County, carried the tickets around in her purse, having forgotten all about them, before eventually scratching them off over brunch with her husband Gerald in a restaurant bar.
“I started scratching and let my husband read the numbers. First one won $50, second nothing then the third one came. He kept looking at it and looking and says you won $5 million. I still don’t believe it,” said Suzanne to the Orlando Sentinel after collecting her prize at the Florida Lottery offices in Tallahassee. The 51-year-old chose to take the $3.7 million cash lump sum option and told the assembled press that her three grown-up sons were also in disbelief at their motherâ€™s good fortune.
Suzanne says she will invest the prize from the ticket that she bought at a Publix store in Wilton Manors near Fort Lauderdale, where she keeps a second home for work purposes. The retailer will also receive a $10,000 bonus from the Florida Lottery as a reward for selling the lucky scratcher.
She beat odds of 1 in 3.8 million to win the fourth of six jackpots on offer in the Flamingo Multiplier game, which offers overall odds of 1 in 2.97 of winning any award. The Florida Lottery provides a number of different scratchers, with entry prices ranging from $1 to $25, and reports that they comprise 67 percent of all lottery ticket sales in the Sunshine State. In addition, instant win games generated more than $632 million for educational projects in Florida in the last fiscal year.
As well as scratchers, the Florida Lottery players can take part in exciting draw games like Florida Lotto, Powerball and Mega Millions.