Jacksonville man strikes gold by winning $5M lottery prize

The 46-year-old man won the top prize from the $20 Gold Rush Classic game

By Garrett Pelican - Digital executive producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville man is now a multimillionaire after winning the $5 million prize from a $20 Gold Rush Classic scratch-off lottery ticket.

Michael Myers, 46, bought the ticket from Prime Time Food Store on University Boulevard near Fort Caroline Road. The business will receive $10,000 as a bonus for selling the winning ticket.

According to the Florida Lottery, Myers decided against receiving his prize in installments, instead choosing to collect it with a $3,550,000 one-time payout.

Players can win as much as $5 million through the $20 Gold Rush Classic game, which launched last year. Though the odds of winning the top prize are one-in-10 million, the overall odds are one-in-2.99.

Last year, scratch-off lottery tickets raised $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, which provides funding to 67 counties and pays for scholarships.

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