Fort Walton Beach woman claims top prize in Gold Rush scratch off

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) - The Florida Lottery announces that Patricia Sowell, 60, of Fort Walton Beach, claimed a top prize in the $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3,725,000.

Sowell purchased her winning ticket from Circle K, located at 65 Miracle Street Parkway Southeast in Fort Walton Beach. The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

The $20 game, $5,000,000 GOLD RUSH DOUBLER, features six top prizes of $5 million, 30 prizes of $1 million, and more than $752 million in total cash prizes.

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 65 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2015-16.