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Crestview man wins $1,000,000 in scratch-off game

Florida Lottery officials announced Thursday that a Crestview man has claimed $1 million after playing “The Fastest Road to $1,000,000” scratch-off game.

Todd Pazos, 49, claimed his winnings at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000, according to a press release from Florida Lottery.

Pazos said he had a feeling he could win big that morning.

“I usually don’t play the lottery, but something that day told me to buy a ticket,” he said.

Pazos purchased his winning ticket from Duke Food Mart at 510 N. Ferdon Blvd. in Crestview. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, the release said.

The $30 game was launched in February and features 155 top prizes of $1 million and more than $948 million in cash prizes. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.79, according to Florida Lottery officials.

Florida Lottery offices currently are open to the public by appointment only for players with prizes valued at $5,000 or more. Players can request a claim appointment at headquarters and district offices through the Lottery’s website at www.flalottery.com/howToClaim.

Players with prizes valued from $600 to $4,999 can use the secured drop box at each district office or mail tickets to Florida Lottery Headquarters or a district office.

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