Lottery player turns $3 ticket into an extraordinary $4 million
Mega Millions lived up to its name for a newly minted millionaire lottery player. The Florida State Lottery announced in a press release that Florida resident Jean Corriolan has just claimed a $4 million secondary prize from a Mega Millions drawing.
The winning ticket was for the November 18, 2022 drawing. Corriolan used the Quick Pick option to select his numbers. While his ticket did not match the Mega Ball number, it did match all five white ball numbers.
Megaplier option means an extra $3 million for the winner
The cost of a standard Mega Millions ticket is $2 per play. Many states (including Florida) offer a Megaplier option for an additional $1.
This option boosts the value of non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times. Lottery officials draw the Megaplier for each game before the drawing.
The Megaplier for the November 18, 2022 drawing was four. Because Corriolan paid the extra dollar for the Megaplier option, his $1 million prize grew to $4 million. Not a bad return for a dollar!
What were the winning lottery numbers?
If you’re curious about the winning numbers, you can check out the below video from the November 18, 2022 Mega Millions drawing.
Where in Florida was the winning ticket sold?
Lottery retailer A&M Discount Beverage sold the winning ticket. As a commission for selling the winning ticket, A&M Discount Beverage will receive $5,000 from the state lottery.
The below map shows the location where the ticket was purchased.
How Florida uses lottery revenues
After paying for prizes and lottery expenses, the Florida State Lottery transfers the remaining money to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund. This money goes to Florida's school districts to fund operating costs, school construction, workforce education programs, scholarships, and student financial aid.
Lottery sales have been growing in Florida, thanks in part to the popularity of new scratch-off games and larger jackpots.
For fiscal year 2020-21, Florida lottery sales jumped 21 percent over the previous year to a total sales of $9.076 billion. Of this amount $2.24 billion went to the state's education trust fund.
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