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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2022 2 months ago

Winter Garden resident claims $1 million from Florida Lottery scratch-off game

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Joshua Hudgins, 39, picked the winning million from the Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme.
by: Annabelle Sikes Staff Writer

A lucky resident from Winter Garden has claimed a $1 million check from the Florida Lottery this week.

Joshua Hudgins, 39, picked the winning million from the Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme scratch-off game on Wednesday, June 15. 

Hudgins chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $880,000 which he claimed at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

The Winter Garden resident said he purchased his winning ticket from a Wawa in Kissimmee, located at 7940 West Irlo Bronson Highway. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning scratch-off ticket.

According to the Florida Lottery, scratch-off games are an important part of the lottery's portfolio, comprising approximately 75% of ticket sales and generating more than $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in Fiscal Year 2020-21.

As part of that portfolio, Billion Dollar Gold Rush Supreme allows buyers to play with the overall winning odds of one-in-2.59. 

Launched in February 2021, the scratch-off features four top prizes of $15 million as well as 24 prizes of $1 million. 

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Annabelle Sikes is a staff writer at the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com. She graduated in May 2021 from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in sociology.  Her past...

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