Florida Lottery scratch card winner “can’t stop smiling”

TALLAHASSEE, FL – A thiry-one year-old Florida man who won an instant scratch card prize of $250,000 has told lottery organisers that he just can’t stop smiling.

Virgil Gentry Pelham III, of Jacksonville, bought his scratch off ticket at a local gas station on last Thursday evening.

After discovering his good fortune, he had something of a sleepless night until he passed the winning ticket over to organisers the following morning.

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

The scratch card that he bought only cost $5 and Mr Pelham was lucky enough to uncover one of only four $250,000 jackpot prizes. The new scratch-off game, called Black, was only released on November 29 and Mr Pelham is the first ever jackpot winner. The game’s total prize fund is more than $21million and there are three top prizes of $250,000 remaining.

According to the Florida Lottery, 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.

Published: December 21, 2010

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