ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A former Republican state lawmaker who voted for bills to expand the Florida Lottery is an even bigger fan after winning roughly $815,000 in a scratch-off game.
The Tampa Tribune reports that St. Petersburg chiropractor Frank Farkas chose to take a lump sum after winning a $50,000-a-year prize. He told the newspaper he bought the ticket last week at Old Northeast Rally, St. Petersburg convenience store where he normally buys Powerball and Lotto tickets.
Farkas says he bought the ticket with $20 he'd won on an earlier ticket. He didn't scratch the ticket until he got home. When he saw the fourth number was a winner, he yelled for his wife, Toni.
They couple went to Tallahassee on Monday to claim the prize.