Delray Beach man wins $1M after purchasing scratch-off ticket at Publix

Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 1:40 PM EST
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A Palm Beach County man just cashed in a big lottery ticket.

Florida Lottery officials announced Wednesday that Stephen Munoz Espinoza, 43, of Delray Beach, claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH scratch-off game.

He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.

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Munoz Espinoza shared with lottery officials that the big win was still hard to believe.

"It was the end of a long day, and I was tired," Munoz Espinoza said. "I stopped at Publix and was about to buy a ticket at the machine when a man cut right in front of me. Instead of saying something, I decided I'd just buy a ticket at the counter instead. I can't believe I won a million dollars!"

He and his wife said they plan to buy a home for their family.

Munoz Espinoza purchased his winning ticket from a Publix located at 555 Northeast Fifth Avenue in Delray Beach.

The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

The game's overall odds of winning are 1-in-4.50.  However, the odds of winning $1 million are 1-in-267,739.

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