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Florida man wins $5 million lottery prize

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A customer points to the scratch-off ticket she wants to purchase from at a Jackson, Miss., convenience store, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Licensed lottery retailers in the state began selling tickets Monday for the first time in the state. The multistate games Powerball and Mega Millions will be available in Mississippi starting Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Not bad for starting the holiday season off, more presents for everyone in his family.

Jeffrey Ariss, 58, of Homosassa in Citrus County, is enjoying that festive start to the season after claiming the big prize from the Gold Rush Limited scratch-off game.

Florida Lottery announced Tuesday.

Ariss decided to take his winnings as a lump-sum payment of $3.96 million.

State lottery officials say he bought the $20 scratch off at Star Food Mart, located at 8078 South Sun Coast Boulevard in Homosassa.

The store receives a $10,000 bonus commission.

The Gold Rush Limited game launched in September and has paid out three of 32 available $5 million top prizes.