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Coral Springs man cashes $1 million scratch-off prize


James W. Crocker Jr., 45, of Coral Springs, claimed a $1 million prize in the "$200 Million Spectacular" Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Crocker chose the one-time, lump-sum payment option of $738,869.50, rather than a $1 million annuity. He purchased his winning ticket at Hess Mart, located at 2290 Coral Springs Drive in Coral Springs.

According to Crocker, he decided to redeem a few winning tickets he had in his car while out running errands. “I initially wanted to buy the new $10 Monopoly Scratch-Off game, but the store clerk said they were sold out, so I decided to buy this one instead,” Crocker said. Crocker plans to use his new winnings to set up a college fund for his daughter and pay bills.

The $10 Scratch-Off game launched December 30, 2008, and offers more than $220 million in prizes. The game has eight $1 million top prizes remaining. The overall odds of winning are one in 3.58.

The Florida Lottery offers approximately 40 Scratch-Off games at any given time through instant ticket vending machines or on-counter displays at more than 13,000 retailers statewide.

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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