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Check again — Florida man's $1,000 winning ticket was actually worth $1 million

Oct 29, 2020, 7:25 am

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Winner kept the million-dollar ticket in his pocket all day, unaware of its true value

By Kate Northrop

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As if the initial surprise of winning $1,000 from the lottery wasn't enough for one day, one Florida player experienced the shock of a lifetime when he re-checked the ticket in his pocket and discovered that it was actually worth $1 million.

Lee Wingfield, 63, of Tallahassee checked his scratch-off lottery ticket to find that he had won a prize of $1,000. The only issue, if there was one to begin with, was that he didn't notice a few extra zeros at the end of that number.

"I originally thought I won $1,000, so I put the ticket in my pocket and went about my day," Wingfield explained to the Florida Lottery. "That night, I realized my prize had a lot more than three zeros in it!"

Initially pleased with the $1,000 Wingfield was probably even more elated to go get his actual winnings at Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, which he claimed as a one-time lump sum payment of $890,000.

He purchased the winning ticket for $20 from a Publix grocery store at Northeast Capital Circle in Tallahassee. The ticket belongs to an instant scratch-off game called "200X THE CASH" that launched just last month on Sept. 21.

The Publix store will receive a $2,000 commission check for selling the lucky ticket.

Wingfield's recent win means there are 16 remaining second-tier prizes of $1 million remaining out of the original 20 that were available at the game's launch. There are also eight out of ten jackpot prizes worth $5 million left to claim.

Florida players looking to claim prizes valued at $5,000 or more can request an appointment at a lottery office through the Lottery's official website. Winners of $600-$4,999 are advised to either use the secured drop box located at each district office or mail in their tickets to Lottery headquarters or a district office.

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What a nice surprise for him...glad nothing happened to that ticket!

I know he's a happy man!

https://youtu.be/UvM2Cmi-YR

George Micheal is singing in heaven now & the angels are cheering him on!

https://youtu.be/fDxzQJaA228

Aretha & George (two legends) meet in Heaven & still singing!

    Raven62's avatar - binary
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    Party Congrats to the Happy Winner! Party

    Three more zeros makes a big difference!

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

    Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

    Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges: When the republic is at its most corrupt the laws are most numerous.

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      Simpsonville
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      How lucky can he be?   I mean suppose the ticket was unsigned and fell out somewhere.   Certainly they would inquire to the ticket holder where/when did you buy the ticket?   

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        Wow!!

        Party

        I'm hungry!  It's time for a roast beef sub and waffles!

         

         

         

         

        Sad Cheers

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          Congrats to the lucky guy.

          Safety First, no, COFFEE FIRST!  Coffee

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            l just love these kinds of stories.

            Still waiting to read : Was emptying my pants pockets before putting them in the washer,  and came across a ticket that was a week away from expiring. Turns out that ticket was worth a million dollars. Sure glad the wife told me to load the washer, once Covid is over, we taking a trip abroad.

             * Voice of Reason *   

             

            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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              Chasing $ Millions.
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              l just love these kinds of stories.

              Still waiting to read : Was emptying my pants pockets before putting them in the washer,  and came across a ticket that was a week away from expiring. Turns out that ticket was worth a million dollars. Sure glad the wife told me to load the washer, once Covid is over, we taking a trip abroad.

              I see l am still "  living rent free inside that head of yours."

              Some people just don't get it, anyways- as you were.Big Smile

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              People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                Simpsonville
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                I see l am still "  living rent free inside that head of yours."

                Some people just don't get it, anyways- as you were.Big Smile

                LOL.

                 

                Not a big win by any stretch, but cashed a super straight pick 3 today---$600.  Of course I can't find the night time ticket same #'s...018, first three of my SSAN.   180 came in!