South Florida Man Wins $15 Million From Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket

By Paula Liu

A man from southern Florida hit the jackpot when he won $15 million from a scratch-off lottery game, according to multiple reports.

Angel Manzanarez, 50, bought $30 worth of the limited edition Golden Rush Special scratch-off game card at a was at a 7-Eleven store at 8100 West Mcnab Road, Sun Sentinel reported.

According to the news outlet, the 7-Eleven store that sold the ticket will receive a $30,000 bonus commission.

Manzanarez claimed his $15 million at the lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, and chose to receive a one-time payment of nearly $10.5 million, reported the Sun-Sentinel.

The Gold Rush Game Special Edition launched on Feb. 25 and featured six top prizes of $15 million, the paper reported. Six different drawings would be held in 2019 between Jan 30 and April 10 that would name a total of 222 winners, all for different amounts ranging from $30 to $15 million, according to the Florida Lottery website.

“A total of 222 winners will win $600,000 in second chance cash prizes! Six drawings will be held between January 30, 2019 and April 10, 2019, where one player in each drawing will win $30,000 in cash, two players will win $10,000 in cash, four players will win $5,000 in cash and thirty players will win $1,000 in cash prizes,” the website read.

For the top prize, Manzanarez would have had a one out of 6,480,000 of a chance of winning.

Last month, another Florida man hit the jackpot with the same game. Christopher Frazier bought the $15 million winning ticket from a Welcome Food Store in Jacksonville, Florida, WPTV reported. The store in question also received a bonus of $30,000 for the sale.

Like Manzanarez, Frazier also chose to receive a one-time total sum of $10,440,000 at the Tallahassee lottery Headquarters.

Math Genius Crack Lottery Code, Wins $26 Million

A retired Michigan couple revealed on “60 Minutes” how they used simple math to “crack the code” on state lotteries and win over $26 million.

Jerry and Marge Selbee told CBS News they owned a convenience store in Evart, Michigan, before they retired to win multiple state lottery games over the course of six years.

Jerry Selbee, who has always had a “head for math,” said he read a brochure in 2003 for a brand new lottery called Winfall—and immediately realized it could be gamed.

“Three minutes. I found—I found a special feature,” said Jerry, who holds a degree in mathematics from Western Michigan University.

The logic of the game, he said, was that if no one won the $5 million jackpot, the money would be spread across those who matched either five, four, or three numbers, in a feature that was called a “roll down.” As the prize money “rolled down” to the lower-tier winners, the payouts of people who successfully matched fewer than the six winning numbers were boosted.

The Selbee’s story is currently being adapted into a Hollywood movie, according to the news outlet.

NTD Staff writer Tom Ozimek contributed to this article.