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Florida man claims $15.5M Lotto jackpot

Feb 19, 2019, 7:03 am

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An Estero man is taking home millions in Florida Lotto winnings, according to the Florida Lottery.

Niranjan Patel, 41, claimed the $15.5 million jackpot from the drawing held Feb. 6 at the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, a press release states.

Patel chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $10,539,204.33, according to the release. 

The jackpot-winning Florida Lotto Quick Pick ticket was purchased from a Publix at 2465 Glades Circle in Weston, Florida.

The retailer will receive a bonus commission of $100,000 for selling the ticket.

This is the second time in nearly a year that a south Lee County resident has raked in a big Lotto prize.

In 2018, Quinn Kofler, a 19-year-old Florida Gulf Coast University student from Bonita Springs, won an $11.1 million lump-sum payout in a scratch-off game. Kofler purchased the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Bonita Springs, near Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast.

The next Florida Lotto drawing will be held at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, with a $3 million jackpot.

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