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Bay County man wins Florida Lottery scratch-off game

Florida resident James Whittington cashed in on a $5M Florida Lottery jackpot while playing the...
Florida resident James Whittington cashed in on a $5M Florida Lottery jackpot while playing the Cashword scratch-off game.(Florida Lottery)
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 3:33 PM CDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Mexico Beach man is the winner of a top prize of a Florida Lottery scratch-off game.

Lottery officials say James Whittington claimed a $5 million top prize from the $5,000,000 CASHWORD scratch-off game. The winning ticket was bought at St. Joes Food Market on Monument Avenue in Port St. Joe. Whittington chose to receive his winnings as a one-time lump-sum payment of $3,915,000.

Officials say scratch-off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, making up about 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in the fiscal year 2020-2021.

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