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Florida man wins $1 million top prize from Florida Lottery


The first $ 1 million top prize winner from Florida Lottery’s new Struck by Luck game has been revealed and if he bought his ticket at his usual spot, he would have never hit big.

“The store where we usually buy or tickets was very busy, so we decided to go down the road to get them instead,” Demetrios Valeas told state lottery officials. “We definitely felt struck by luck after the split decision turned into a $1 million win!”

Valaes, 61, of Tampa, bought the winning $10 ticket from Rainbow Food Mart (3302 South West Shore Blvd. in Tampa).

He elected a lump-sum payout of $880,000, Florida Lottery said.

Struck by Luck debuted Aug. 16 and has four $1 million top prizes.