PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-The Florida Lottery announces that Neal Hellman, 59, of Port Charlotte claimed a $5 million top prize in the 100X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Mr. Hellman chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,484,399.
According to Hellman, the downturn of the economy a few years back forced him and his family to change their lifestyle and downsize their home. “I play the Lottery here and there but I never expected I would win this much money,” Hellman stated. “I’ve been on both sides, having once made a large salary and then having to give up possessions to get by. Now, I can appreciate this money even more as it will allow me to buy a new home and cars for my family. Winning $5 million is a true miracle and I feel very fortunate.”
Hellman purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 24051 Peachland Boulevard in Port Charlotte. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
In February, the Florida Lottery launched 5X THE CASH, 10X THE CASH, 20X THE CASH and 50X THE CASH Scratch-Off games to join its most popular multiplier-themed game, 100X THE CASH. The CASH MULTIPLIER family of Scratch-Off games ranges in price from $1 to $25, and offers millions of dollars in instant win prizes or a chance to win prizes up to $50,000 in a limited-time second chance promotion. Players can enter any non-winning CASH MULTIPLIER tickets into the “$50,000 Cash Second Chance Promotion” on the Lottery’s website. For more information about these games and the second chance promotion, visit http://www.flalottery.com/" href="http://www.flalottery.com">www.flalottery.com.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 60 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $575 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2012-13.