ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Petersburg man is now $1 million richer after winning big on a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket.
According to the Florida Lottery, 52-year-old Gary Franklin from St. Petersburg claimed the $1 million top prize from the new "500x the Cash" scratch-off game. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.
Franklin purchased the winning ticket from a B & N Food Mart in St. Petersburg, according to the lottery. The store will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the ticket.
The $50 scratch-off game features a top prize of $25 million — the largest ever offered on a Florida scratch-off game, according to the lottery.