A Melbourne, Florida, landscaper from Costa Rica has come forward to claim his $9 million Florida Lotto jackpot.
Feliciano Aragon purchased the winning ticket Tuesday at a Melbourne convenience store and was the lone player to match all six numbers, according to lottery officials.
The winning numbers were 9-14-25-37-42-52.
The ticket is the 31st sold in Brevard County to win the jackpot since the Lotto began 20 years ago.
Aragon chose the one-time lump sum payment option for his winnings in the amount of $5,363,540.22. He purchased his winning Florida Lotto ticket at Hess Express, 3500 S. Bab Street, Melbourne, which will receive a bonus incentive of $20,000 for selling the top prize winning ticket.
According to Aragon, he checked his numbers on a winning number printout he got from a Florida Lottery retailer and discovered he had the winning ticket.
"I didn't believe it," Aragon said. "I still don't believe it."
Aragon says he plans to use the prize money to help his family — including 15 siblings — in Costa Rica. He also plans to purchase a new car and a boat to go fishing.
"Keep playing and believe that you can win," Aragon said. "I've been playing for seven years and had only won $5 — until now."
Aragon is the 31st Florida Lotto winner to purchase a winning ticket in Brevard County. He is the 864th Florida Lotto winner since 1988.
Total ticket sales for this jackpot generated approximately $6.7 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF). Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $16 billion to the EETF, benefiting our students and schools, as well as funding more than 300,000 Bright Futures scholarships. By a two-to-one margin, Florida voters in 1986 approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the state to operate a Lottery for the purpose of generating significant additional moneys for education.
The next Florida Lotto drawing will be held Wednesday, December 6, at 11 p.m. ET with an estimated $6 million jackpot.