A lucky man in the USA has become a millionaire after scooping a newly launched scratchcard at a local retailer.
Kenneth Conklin, 51, from the city of Chipley, Florida State, USA, uncovered the USD 1 million (GBP 822,620) on a ‘USD 5,000,000 Triple Match’ ticket last week.
The astonishing win, which made him the first-ever millionaire in the game that launched in September, followed after he reportedly bought a ticket at the local Tom Thumb store.
At lottery headquarters in the city of Tallahassee, Kenneth chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment and went home with USD 664,198 (GBP 546,402).
The retailer will receive a USD 2,000 (GBP 1,645) bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Florida Lottery representatives said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “Conklin is the first to win one of the 18 available USD 1 million [GBP 822,620] prizes in the Lottery’s new ‘USD 5,000,000 TRIPLE MATCH’ Scratch-Off game, which launched in September.
“The USD 20 [GBP 16] Scratch-Off game, ‘USD 5,000,000 TRIPLE MATCH’ offers players three ways to play and three ways to win and features more than USD 447 million [GBP 367 million] in total cash prizes including 26 prizes from USD 1 million [GBP 822,620] to USD 5 million [GBP 4.1 million]!
“The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.85.
“Scratch-off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 72 percent of ticket sales in fiscal year 2022-2023.
“Since inception, Scratch-off games have generated more than USD 18.09 billion [GBP 14.87 billion] for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF).