A 42-year-old man from Madison County took a different route home after hearing that his pregnant dog was not feeling well. He stopped at a Stop and Shop on the way, purchased a scratcher, and his life changed. The Pinetta man credits his pregnant dog in the $2 million lottery win.
Florida does not allow online lottery ticket sales. More than $9 billion in lottery ticket sales were recorded in the last fiscal year.
Leonard Linton’s road to riches took a few twists and turns. They transformed his story from typical to terrific. He won the $2 million top prize on the 100X THE CASH scratch-off game.
Ivy put Linton in the right spot at the right time
Last month, Linton was out and about when he received a phone call. His pregnant Dachshund, Ivy, wasn’t feeling well. To save time, he took a different route home than he usually did. He made a quick stop at a Stop and Shop in Live Oak and picked up a $10 scratch-off ticket. It was a $2 million winner.
Linton chose to take his prize in a lump sum of $1.645 million. He is among 13 winners of prizes of $1 million or more in June. Linton was overwhelmed by his good fortune.
“I still can’t believe it. This is life-changing, but I’m definitely getting Ivy a new kennel.”
Linton awarded again after claiming prize
One week after Linton and Ivy traveled to the Florida Lottery’s headquarters in Tallahassee to claim his prize, they welcomed six new members to the family.
Ivy gave birth to a sextet of little sausage-shaped babies. There are four males and two females in Ivy’s litter. Linton named one of the pups “Milli,” short for “million.”
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According to the Florida Lottery’s records, the odds of winning the $2 million top prize Linton did are 1-in-5.76 million. The odds of winning any prize ($10-$2 million) are 1-in-3.44.
So far, three of the eight $2 million 100X THE CASH top prizes have been paid. There are five prizes remaining. There are still 12 unclaimed $100,000 prizes, the next biggest prize in the game.
Per Florida Lottery rules, anyone who wins a prize of less than $600 can redeem their ticket at a Florida Lottery retailer. Prizes of $600-$999,999 can be claimed at a Lottery district office.
For prizes of $1 million and above, winners must appear in person at the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Winners also have the option of dropping their ticket off at any Florida district office or mailing their ticket to a district office.