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Dog wins $3 million Florida Lottery prize

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Dog's owner gladly claimed it on his behalf

A lucky dog from Ocoee has won a $3 million prize in the Florida Lottery's $600,000,000 Gold Rush scratch-off game.

That's the word out of Tallahassee Friday following owner William Kelly's appearance at the Florida Lottery offices to claim the big win on behalf of his four-legged companion.

It seems Kelly has a Christmas tradition of giving out lottery tickets to friends, family and an occasional canine, a media release from the lottery stated. This year he bought three of the $20 Gold Rush tickets to put in stockings, including one that belongs to his dog.

While it's unclear if the dog scratched off its own ticket, it is clear the one in its stocking was a jackpot winner, the lottery reported.

"I always hope to at least win my money back and I play to win, but I never expected this," Kelly told lottery officials when he claimed the prize.

Kelly took the prize in one lump-sum payment of $2,351,422.02, lottery officials reported.

It hasn't been revealed just what breed the critter happens to be or how much of the money will be splurged on kibble and bones.

The $20 Gold Rush game is one of the lottery's newest additions. The game, the lottery reports, offers better odds of winning $30 to $500 than previous Gold Rush games while also offering the best odds ever of winning $500,000. Eight top prizes of $3 million remained as of Friday.

Kelly isn't the only recent big winner in the Florida Lottery from the area. On Wednesday lottery officials said Fay Blake, 62, of Orlando won $5 million in the the Mega Millions drawing on Jan. 9. 

Blake later stated that she was "bothered" by winning due to feeling that it is against her religion to gamble.  (See GET OUT THE VIOLIN: Florida woman grieving about $5 million lottery win, Lottery Post, Jan. 16, 2015.)

Kelly purchased his winning ticket at a Publix in Ocoee, lottery officials reported.

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Thanks to wizeguy and Toney725 for the tip.

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fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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Posted: January 17, 2015, 7:20 am - IP Logged

That's a lot of kibble!

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    Posted: January 17, 2015, 7:54 am - IP Logged

    UnhappyFLORIDA FLORIDA FLORIDA!!!!! Thats the main state that wins all the big money!! There is constant million dollar winners in that state! Someone won another cool million from that state from last nights MM. Just would like to see other states win sometimes.

    You can do anything if you put your mind into it. The sky is the limit! Cool

      Piaceri's avatar - sarsony1
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      Posted: January 17, 2015, 8:05 am - IP Logged

      Cute!

      Wish my dog would win the lottery. Or maybe my cat.  Green laugh

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      singlewinnersinglewinnersinglewinner   

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        Posted: January 17, 2015, 8:10 am - IP Logged

        UnhappyFLORIDA FLORIDA FLORIDA!!!!! Thats the main state that wins all the big money!! There is constant million dollar winners in that state! Someone won another cool million from that state from last nights MM. Just would like to see other states win sometimes.

        Err......this was a Florida scratch-off game......

        If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
        If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

        2016: -48.28% (13 tickets) ||
        P&L % = Total Win($)/Total Wager($) - 1

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          Posted: January 17, 2015, 8:26 am - IP Logged

          Cheers Lucky dog! I'm yet to gain enough courage to play those $20 cards.  But I'll gladly buy 10 cards of the $2 kind..go figure

          That money's gone fo ever

            sully16's avatar - sharan
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            Posted: January 17, 2015, 8:42 am - IP Logged

            I know what my dog is getting for her Birthday. Congrats winner.

            Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

            For a lead role in a cage?

             

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              Litebets27's avatar - power
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              Posted: January 17, 2015, 9:13 am - IP Logged

              OK....a dog...has won...a million dollar jackpot.

              Does this shake my confidence of possibly winning a jackpot or boost it?...Unhappy

              Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

              Come on Jackpot!!!

                Litebets27's avatar - power
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                Posted: January 17, 2015, 9:16 am - IP Logged

                UnhappyFLORIDA FLORIDA FLORIDA!!!!! Thats the main state that wins all the big money!! There is constant million dollar winners in that state! Someone won another cool million from that state from last nights MM. Just would like to see other states win sometimes.

                You are so right. Almost every week, last year, there was usually a million dollar Powerball winner from Florida.

                Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                Come on Jackpot!!!

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                  Posted: January 17, 2015, 9:25 am - IP Logged

                  It hasn't been revealed just what breed the critter happens to be

                  Idea    Gold en Retriever

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                    Posted: January 17, 2015, 9:29 am - IP Logged

                    Florida lottery winners are coming up with some weird stories/behaviours lately. Next thing you know, the dog will claim that Uncle Fido  does not levy taxes on its four legged counterparts and as such, should not have taxes deducted from the winnings. It remains to be seen if the critter will be represented by a lawyer of the four or two legged variety. Florida, what have you been smoking lately?. All I ever wanted was to hunt down a few jackpots, not tell some weird crazy stories. Dognabit!!!.

                    Seek and ye shall find -Matt. 7:7 ...Ask and ye shall receive -John 16:24 ...Give and it shall be given unto you -Luke 6:38 ...Be careful what you ask for!!! -Mypiemaster 1:1

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                      Posted: January 17, 2015, 11:05 am - IP Logged

                      Florida is the best in this country.Georgia is #2

                        HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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                        Posted: January 17, 2015, 3:52 pm - IP Logged

                        It hasn't been revealed just what breed the critter happens to be

                        Idea    Gold en Retriever

                        Bam, RedStang, cleaver! ROFL

                        Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

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                          Posted: January 17, 2015, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

                          " the dog will claim that Uncle Fido  does not levy taxes on its four legged counterparts"

                          The dog will definitely have to pay federal income taxes. The question is how much. Since he dog isn't a US citizen the rate will depend on whether it's a US resident or just visiting. Assuming it doesn't have a green card I'd figure it's just visiting, and therefore pays at the lower non-resident alien rate.

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                            Posted: January 17, 2015, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

                            Cute!

                            Wish my dog would win the lottery. Or maybe my cat.  Green laugh

                            you might let Miss Annie choose , being that shes a little bandit / bully Wink