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Jacksonville woman wins $3 million lottery prize

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A 55-year-old Jacksonville woman claimed a $3 million top prize in the Flamingo Fortune Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, the Florida Lottery announced Monday.

Brenda Newton chose to receive the winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $2,405,928.36.

Newton purchased her winning scratch-off ticket from Sunrise Food Mart at 4354 Blanding Blvd. in Jacksonville. The retailer will receive a $6,000 bonus commission for selling the winning scratch-off ticket.

Scratch-off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 64 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $640 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2013-14.