Melbourne Millionaire Helps Florida Lottery Celebrate 25 Years
June 14, 2013 – The Florida Lottery announced today that Timmy Edwards, a 50-year-old resident of West Melbourne, Fl., had claimed a $5,000,000 prize on a special edition Millionaire game celebrating the Lottery’s 25th anniversary.
The $25 ticket, which is modeled after Florida’s very first Lottery scratch-off game, offered players three chances at the huge $5 million prize, but Edwards now has the last of those three.
The original Millionaire game, launched in 1988, was a $1 ticket that featured a $1 million annuity top prize. It’s total of over $95 million in sales set a lottery industry record.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of Florida Lottery players in ’88, the Lottery was able to pay back its start-up funding in the first 17 days of operation – with interest.
The second prize for the new Millionaire game is worth $1,000,000, so the 25th Anniversary celebration will continue to make Florida millionaires. Four second-tier prizes remain out of 22 offered by Millionaire.
The game celebrates Florida’s success in giving back to the state, and part of that celebration is offering the highest percentage of prize payouts a Florida Lottery game has ever featured.
The odds of winning with Millionaire also benefit Lottery players; the one-in-2.87 chance of breaking even or winning more are the best odds offered by any Florida game right now.
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