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Florida woman becomes an instant multimillionaire with winning scratch-off

Sonya Bacon, 49, of Palmetto (right), poses with her family and oversized check after claiming a $5 million top prize in the $5,000,000 MONOPOLY™ FLORIDA EDITION Scratch-Off game.
Sonya Bacon, 49, of Palmetto (right), poses with her family and oversized check after claiming a $5 million top prize in the $5,000,000 MONOPOLY™ FLORIDA EDITION Scratch-Off game. Florida Lottery

A Palmetto woman is now a millionaire after cashing in her Florida lottery ticket.

Sonya Bacon, 49, won the $5 million top prize from a $20 scratch-off ticket she purchased at a Bradenton BP in the 5900 block of 14th Street West, the Florida Lottery announced. Bacon chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $3.8 million at the Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

She played the $5 million Monopoly Florida Edition scratch-off game, which features more than $346 million in prizes. That includes six top prizes of $5 million and 20 prizes of $1 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.97, according to the Florida Lottery.

The Bradenton BP that sold the ticket will receive a $10,000 bonus commission.

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