Maria Mirambeau, 49, of Hollywood is South Florida’s newest millionaire after she won the scratch-off game “$5,000 a Week for Life.”
Mirambeau chose to receive the winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $4,236,014.38, according to lottery officials.
She purchased her winning scratch-off ticket at a Sunoco, located at 11951 W. Okeechobee St. in Hialeah Gardens.
“The store clerk kissed my ticket to make it lucky, so I am going to hold up my end of the deal,” Mirambeau said. “When I returned to the store to tell her that I had won, she was more excited than I was.”
Upon purchasing her winning ticket, Mirambeau promised the store clerk $100 a week if she won, and she has every intention of keeping that promise, lottery officials said. The name of the clerk was not revealed.
The first “Lucky for Life” scratch-off game was introduced in 1996 with the launch of “Win for Life,” a $2 game.
In 2004, the $10 game “Set for Life” was launched, offering $5,000-a-year-for-life top prizes. Later, the first $20 “Lucky for Life” offering $100,000-a-year-for-life top prizes was introduced.
Throughout the years, the “Life” series has become one of the Lottery’s best-selling scratch-off games.