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.