A Hallandale Beach, Florida, man spent $25 on a Florida Lottery scratch-off card and etched his way into a life-changing, $10 million prize.
Bryan Goldstein, 36, bought his Florida Cash ticket Friday at Stop 'N Go at 800 Atlantic Shores Blvd. in the city.
He claimed his prize as a lump sum — $7,355,576 after taxes were deducted — Monday in Tallahassee, Lottery spokeswoman Meagan Dougherty said.
The odds of winning $10 million on a $25 ticket in this game are 1 in 8.1 million, according to the lottery's website.
Goldstein was familiar to cashier Josefina Skinner, who told store owner Hamdan Saleh that at first, Goldstein wanted four Florida Cash tickets, at $25 each.
"He decided to just try one," Saleh said Tuesday. "He scratched off only the bottom, and let the machine check the ticket for him. A lot of people let the machine do that, because they don't know how to play the game."
As Skinner was scanning the ticket, the machine made a noise and Goldstein told her, "'Please tell me I have to contact Florida Lotto,'" Saleh said. "He was joking around, but it wasn't a joke. He got the good luck."
Goldstein declined to pose for a photograph at lottery headquarters and didn't want to make a big deal about his win, Dougherty said.
He could not be reached for comment Tuesday about his good fortune.
Goldstein told lottery officials he plans to buy a home for his parents and invest the rest.
"He said his dad had held two jobs and worked very hard his whole life and he wanted to give back something to them for all of the sacrifices they made for him," Dougherty said.
If Goldstein had chosen the annuity plan for his prize, he would have received $400,000 per year, over 25 years, Dougherty said.
Stop 'N Go's Saleh, who owns the business and two other stores in Broward County with his uncle, will receive a $20,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.
The Florida Lottery says it helps fund education and contributes to the state economy. Saleh might agree.
"We will invest it in the business," he said about the bonus. "I was planning to expand the cafeteria section, so this will come in handy."
He'll have an IRS bill, too.
"We'll pay taxes on the full amount at the end of the year, and claim it as business income," Saleh said. "My accountant will figure out what we have to pay."
It's not the first time the businessman has seen joyful customers win big prizes at this shop.
"We sold a Fantasy 5 ticket that won $61,333 on Aug. 31, 2014, and we sold a $5,000 scratch-off Gold Rush on Feb. 12," Saleh said.
He wondered if Goldstein will share a bit of his newfound wealth with Skinner, who has likely become the customer's favorite Shop 'N Go clerk.
"I hope he does come back and takes care of her," Saleh said. "We have winners of much smaller prizes who have given to all of my employees in the store. That's very nice, actually."