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St. Augustine man wins $500,000 on $5 scratch-off

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A St. Augustine man won $500,000 from a $5 scratch-off game, the Florida Lottery said. 

George Vilches, 33, of St. Augustine, claimed the top prize after playing the $500,000 CROSSWORD EXTRA PLAY Scratch-Off game. 

He purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 18485 South Dixie Highway in Miami. 

The $5 game $500,000 CROSSWORD EXTRA PLAY launched in April and features over $69.4 million in prizes including eight top prizes of $500,000, the Florida Lottery said. 

The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-4.06.

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Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.