Sometimes a small inconvenience can result in the biggest windfall.
Stephen Munoz Espinoza of Delray Beach, Florida won $1 million on a scratch card this week after being queued at the lottery machine at a Publix store.
“It was the end of a long day and I was tired. I was stopping at Publix and was about to buy a ticket from the machine when a man cut right in front of me,” he explained to the Florida Lottery. “Instead of saying anything, I decided I’d just buy a ticket at the counter. I can’t believe I won a million dollars!”
The Publix in question was located at 555 Northeast 5th Avenue in Delray Beach – with four number “5’s” in a row at the address, it’s safe to say this location was destined for some luck.
The 5th Ave Publix will receive a lump sum of $2,000 as a reward for selling the winning numbers.
Espinoza chose the option of receiving the taxed award as a one-time payment of $820,000, which he said will be used to buy a home for his family.
According to the Florida lottery, 77% of all tickets from 2021-2022 were scratch cards.
This is not the first lotto luck in recent months.
Last October, a winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased in Fort Myers, Florida. which saw a $494 million jackpot (split with another winning ticket bought in California).
October’s Mega Millions marked the third-ever winner of its kind in Florida.