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90-year-old wins $1 million in Fla. Lottery's Monopoly game

Florida LotteryFlorida Lottery: 90-year-old wins $1 million in Fla. Lottery's Monopoly game

The Florida Lottery announced Friday the $1 million top prize for the Million Dollar Monopoly scratch-off game was claimed by Myrna Fonda, 90, of Seffner.

Fonda, who was joined at Lottery Headquarters by her husband Robert Fonda and her grandson, said she purchased the winning scratch-off ticket at Winn Dixie, 725 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard West in Seffner.

According to Fonda, who regularly plays Florida Lottery instant games, she purchased the last two scratch-off tickets at the store and later scratched them when she got home. The first one she scratched wasn't a winner, but the second one is what made her a millionaire.

"I think I have a little bit of luck," said Fonda. "I hope it keeps coming."

The Fondas plan to pay off their house, pay some bills, help their children and save the rest for rainy days.

"My turn is next," said Robert Fonda. "I'm going to go buy me some lottery tickets."

The million dollar prize is one of the largest jackpots ever offered on a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket.

The Million Dollar Monopoly game is the Florida Lottery's latest $20 scratch-off game. The game features more than $375 million in cash prizes, including six $1 million top prizes. The overall odds of winning are 1-in-3.22. Tickets can be purchased at more than 12,700 Florida Lottery retail locations.

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Coastal Georgia
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Posted: February 7, 2007, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

I hope there is a cash option with this game...

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: February 7, 2007, 1:39 pm - IP Logged

    go granny!!!!!  Senior power!

    love to nibble those micey feet.

     

                                 

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      Posted: February 7, 2007, 3:07 pm - IP Logged

      I guess Granny has some money in the bank to be able to buy $20 scratch-offs!

      Good Luck!

      Stavros

       

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        Posted: February 7, 2007, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

        Normally I'd say to spend wisely, but in her case, she should party like a rock star. Congrats Granny!

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          Posted: February 7, 2007, 5:47 pm - IP Logged

          Congrats to the winner!, I hope my numbers come up tonight!

          Thinking of...


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            Posted: February 7, 2007, 8:59 pm - IP Logged

            A 19 year old in one story and a 90 year old in the other. It is usually the 90 year olds that win. Isnt it ironic dont you think? He won the lottery and died the next day.

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              Posted: February 7, 2007, 11:52 pm - IP Logged

              I think that is a true $1,000,000 payout at time of claim. That game has six $1 mill prizes, so 5 are left...

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                Posted: February 8, 2007, 1:17 pm - IP Logged

                I think that is a true $1,000,000 payout at time of claim. That game has six $1 mill prizes, so 5 are left...

                That's how it's advertised.  Usually if a game has a choice of annuity or lump sum there is an asterisk and a footnote indicating it's not the actual amount.  So I believe you are correct.  To me this is one of the hardest things about playing the lottery -  $20 is a heck of a lot to spend on one measly scratch ticket that will probably end up in the trash.  On the other hand, I'm sure this lady and her family is happy she "blew" that $20 bill! 

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                  Posted: February 8, 2007, 1:19 pm - IP Logged

                  Congratulations, Myrna... from the Fonda (dot) org website!!
                  We would like to put this article up on our News page... is there a photo of you we can use?
                  Enjoy your new wealth, and may you also enjoy good health and happiness...
                  Best Regards,
                  Mark Fonda
                  (webmaster Fonda website)

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                    Posted: February 8, 2007, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

                    Congratulations, Myrna... from the Fonda (dot) org website!!
                    We would like to put this article up on our News page... is there a photo of you we can use?
                    Enjoy your new wealth, and may you also enjoy good health and happiness...
                    Best Regards,
                    Mark Fonda
                    (webmaster Fonda website)

                    Perhaps your intentions are 100% pure but

                    (1)  What makes you think this woman is a member here or views this site?

                    (2)  Why would you join immediately after she wins $1,000,000?

                    As I said, I apologize if this sounds argumentative, but I'm the person who sent Todd the news clip on Feb 2 and asked if he would review it and post it if he found it interesting.  So you only noticed this press release after it was posted on a Lottery web site a week later. 

                    Again, hope I don't offend anyone, but this sounds like someone trying to find a long, lost relative (or not) and cash in on her new wealth! I mean, if she's reached age 90, has grandchildren, and you haven't met her or any of her family yet, she obviously doesn't care that much about your lineage, right?

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                      Posted: February 8, 2007, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

                      Perhaps your intentions are 100% pure but

                      (1)  What makes you think this woman is a member here or views this site?

                      (2)  Why would you join immediately after she wins $1,000,000?

                      As I said, I apologize if this sounds argumentative, but I'm the person who sent Todd the news clip on Feb 2 and asked if he would review it and post it if he found it interesting.  So you only noticed this press release after it was posted on a Lottery web site a week later. 

                      Again, hope I don't offend anyone, but this sounds like someone trying to find a long, lost relative (or not) and cash in on her new wealth! I mean, if she's reached age 90, has grandchildren, and you haven't met her or any of her family yet, she obviously doesn't care that much about your lineage, right?

                      I Agree!

                       

                                                     

                                    

                       

                       

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                        Posted: February 8, 2007, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

                         I agree with JXP and DD....

                        Is it amfonda or amfondanow

                        Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

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                        There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.


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                          Posted: February 8, 2007, 5:15 pm - IP Logged

                          That's how it's advertised.  Usually if a game has a choice of annuity or lump sum there is an asterisk and a footnote indicating it's not the actual amount.  So I believe you are correct.  To me this is one of the hardest things about playing the lottery -  $20 is a heck of a lot to spend on one measly scratch ticket that will probably end up in the trash.  On the other hand, I'm sure this lady and her family is happy she "blew" that $20 bill! 

                          NY, which is known (at least to LP members) to have quite a few annuity-only tickets, does not do a good job "warning" players which games are non-cash. AFAIK the internet is the only true way you can find out if a NY scratch game is annuity-only. TV and radio commercials leave out the "fine print".

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                            Posted: February 8, 2007, 6:46 pm - IP Logged

                            I guess Granny has some money in the bank to be able to buy $20 scratch-offs!

                            Just realized that the article says she bought the last 2 tickets.  So maybe she would have purchased more!  $40 is a lot for 2 tickets.

                            This also brings something else to mind.  "The last two tickets."  People sometimes say that the first and last on a roll are more likely to be winners.    True??