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'I haven’t even told my wife yet': Plant City man surprised by $1 million lottery win

Joseph Bozeman said he plans to surprise his wife by walking in the house with the giant check.
Credit: Florida Lottery

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.

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