PLANT CITY, Fla. — One Hillsborough County man turned $5 into $1 million with a lucky scratch-off ticket he bought at the market.
Joseph Bozeman, 36, of Plant City, claimed the first $1 million top prize from the Florida Lottery's new 50X THE CASH game. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.
“I haven’t even told my wife yet,” Bozeman told the Florida Lottery. “I’m going to surprise her by walking into our house with this oversized check and when she doesn’t believe me – I’m going to tell her to check our bank account!”
Bozeman bought the winning scratch-off from Walden Lake Food Mart in Plant City. The store will receive a $2,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The $5 game launched just last week on Jan. 17 and features 12 top prizes of $1 million.