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Boca man wins million in lottery scratch-off

Brian Bell, 66, of Boca Raton, claimed a $1 million top prize in the Florida Lottery’s $5 Gold Rush Classic Scratch-Off game.

Bell chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump-sum payment of $705,000, the lottery said in the announcement.

His winning ticket was purchased from the Publix supermarket at 22973 State Road 7 South in West Boca. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket, according to the lottery.

The $5 Gold Rush Classic launched in January and offers more than $200.5 million in prizes, including 32 top prizes of $1 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.97, the lottery reported.

Scratch-off games generated more than $871 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund for the fiscal year 2017 to ’18.

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