Panama City Beach man wins $3m Florida Lotto scratch card jackpot

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL – Jody Massengale, 39, from Panama City Beach is the Florida Lottery’s latest millionaire after he claimed the $3 million top prize in the Monopoly scratch-off game.

Mr. Massengale’s huge lottery win has been all people have been talking about at the North Lagoon Drive store where he purchased the ticket.

“I just sold a 3 million dollar ticket at this store! It was a $20 scratch-off to this regular customer that we have here and he got big money!”

Those are the words of Hevini Bone, who is overjoyed for her regular customer, Jody Massengale. She said that he called her to say “I am just calling to let you know that I am on my way to Tallahassee and that I love you so much and your hands are magic! I will never forget it. Thank you very much.”

Ms.Bone added, “I think he deserves it. I told him I am very happy for you. Whenever he told me I love you Evini, I told him I love you too. And good luck, I am so happy and proud.”

According to news reports, there are plenty of other regulars at the store who are happy for him, but also slightly jealous. “That is awesome. That is wild, I come in this store all the time, I couldn’t imagine winning 3 million dollars. Wow!” said Laura Jenkins.

Nick Asfour, the owner for the store was optimistic that this win would help his business. He said, “Hopefully it will improve sales in the future when people know that this is a lucky store, a lucky spot and it has always been.”

Massengale chose to take his prize as a one-time lump sum payment, which will see him receive $2.2 million.

The Monopoly Scratch-off tickets is priced at $20 and there are still eight jackpot prizes of $3 million remaining to be won.

source: (News Channel 7)

Published: November 18, 2010

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