JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Leonard Linton, who a week ago took a $2 million top prize from a Florida Lottery scratch-off, credited his pregnant dog, Ivy, for stopping and purchasing the winning ticket.
He got a call that Ivy wasn’t feeling well, and he took a shorter route to get to her quickly, making a stop at the Stop N Shop in Live Oak.
The Lottery said Wednesday that Ivy delivered six healthy puppies on June 23 — just a week after Linton and Ivy made a trip to the lottery headquarters in Tallahassee to claim the prize, which he took as a one-time lump sum of $1.6 million.
The Lottery said there are four males and two females in Ivy’s litter. Linton named one of the females “Milli” — short for a million.