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Lake City woman wins $200,000 a Year for Life scratch-off game

Winning ticket sold at Lake City Stop N' Go Food Store

Wendy Holmes, of Lake City, won the $200,00 for life scratch-off game.
Wendy Holmes, of Lake City, won the $200,00 for life scratch-off game.

LAKE CITY, Fla. – The Florida Lottery announced Wednesday that a Lake City woman claimed the top prize in the Lucky $200,000 a Year for Life scratch-off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

Wendy Holmes, 46, said she chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,202,017.41. 

“All of this feels so unreal to me. I had to check my ticket several times to make sure it was a real winner,” Holmes said. “I’m so excited, but I’m still in shock. I can’t believe that I won all this money.”

Holmes purchased her winning ticket at Stop N’ Go Food Store, at 1263 U.S. Highway 90 West in Lake City. The retailer will receive a $8,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket. 

The $20 scratch-off game launched in January 2010, and features more than $450 million in total prizes. 

Scratch-offs are an important part of the lottery’s portfolio of games, generating more than $784 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in the 2016-17 fiscal year, and comprising approximately 68 percent of ticket sales.