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This is exactly why I never miss an opportunity to buy some scratch-off tickets when I'm on my way to the beach, or anywhere else that sells scratch-off tickets.

500X Florida lottery
500X Florida lottery
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The 500X THE CASH game is a $50 game with a top prize of $25 million, which is the largest ever offered on a Florida Scratch-Off game, and the best odds to become an instant millionaire. The game's overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50. Scratch-Off games are an essential part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, accounting for around 77% of ticket sales in the fiscal year 2021-2022. Scratch-Off games have generated more than $17.69 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) since their inception.

It is said, "Governor Mee-maw don't allow no gamblin' round here".

Some say the Indian casinos won't allow any more "gamblin' round here".

Portrait of a very happy young man in a rain of money
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Lottery winners in Alabama, like all other states, must pay taxes on their winnings, and they may have the option to receive their winnings as a lump sum or as annuity payments over a period of time. Additionally, it is worth noting that lottery winners can choose to remain anonymous or take other steps to protect their privacy.

Recently, Alex Mendoza Moreno, a 22-year-old resident of Auburn, AL, claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

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Florida Lottery tallahasse
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He opted to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.00. Mendoza Moreno purchased his winning ticket from Food Mart, located at 710 North Highway 29 in Cantonment. As a result, the retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

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