A MAN who had to stop at a gas station to use the restroom walked away with a $1 million prize.
Solomon Garens, 45, was traveling to Florida from Ohio when he reluctantly stopped at the RaceTrac gas station in Palm Coast.
Solomon told iHeart that he was exhausted from a long day of driving but ultimately decided to stop for some water and a quick bathroom break.
“I was exhausted. We promised the kids we would visit family in Florida before summer ended,” Solomon told the Florida Lottery.
Solomon must have felt lucky when he decided to buy a Gold Rush Limited scratch card.
After getting back to the car, he started scratching the ticket and quickly realized he was the big winner.
“When I saw the million-dollar prize, I couldn’t believe it,” Solomon told the Florida Lottery.
According to WFLA, Solomon had two options: receive the winnings in multiple payments over the next 30 years or pay a one-time payment of $795,000.
Solomon chose to receive his winnings as a one-time payment and drove four hours to Florida Lottery Headquarters to collect his winnings.
According to the Florida Lottery, scratch games account for nearly 75% of ticket sales and generated over $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in fiscal year 2021-22.
The Gold Rush Limited Scratch-Off is a $20 game launched in September 2021 where the overall odds of winning are 1 in 2.65.
There are 32 grand prizes of $5 million and 100 prizes of $1 million
Plus, these tickets are filled with over 33,000 prizes ranging from $1,000 all the way up to $100,000.
Scratch tickets are an easy way to win smaller prizes, however some tickets come with larger prizes.
The first thing to do before buying is research.
Players should research whether the game is even worth the dollar amount they are willing to pay.
As scratch boards are distributed to retailers in large rolls, a guaranteed number of winners are included.
So if the game has been around for a while, it’s best to do a quick Google search to see if anyone has already won one of the bigger prizes.
Another tip is to never buy just one.
Some players claim that if you buy in bulk, your odds increase because manufacturers put a certain number of winners in each roll.
Also, it’s wise to pick a game and then stick with it, especially if someone hasn’t claimed the grand prize yet.
Every time you or someone else loses, you instantly increase your chances of winning.
I won the lottery three times in one day – here are the scratch cards and tickets I chose to win my $325,184 jackpot.
Also, I’m a lottery expert – the strategy of picking your numbers to help you win big.
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