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Tallahassee man wins $500k prize from Florida Lottery scratch-off

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 15:20:21-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Florida Lottery announced Monday a Tallahassee man won a $500,000 top prize from the 20X CROSSWORD Scratch-Off game.

Florida Lottery says 45-year-old Saleh Halloum purchased his winning ticket from Time Saver, located at 1412 Alabama Street in Tallahassee.

Halloum submitted his winning ticket using a secured drop box located at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

The $5 game, 20X CROSSWORD, launched in July and features over $113 million in total cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.99.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2019-20.

Florida Lottery offices are currently open to the public by appointment only for players with prizes valued at $600 or more. Players can request a claim appointment at Headquarters and district offices through the Lottery’s website, at []. Players can still utilize the secured drop box located at each district office or mail tickets to Florida Lottery Headquarters or a district office.

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $38 billion to enhance education and sending more than 880,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $72.5 billion in prizes and made nearly 3,000 people millionaires. For more information, please visit [].