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I am so happy that this Florida woman did not throw away her winning lottery ticket. I personally have thrown away many tickets here in Saint Petersburg but they were indeed losing tickets!  Jill Rowell of Grand Ridge purchased a $50 lottery scratch off ticket from a gas station. After scratching the ticket off, Rowell thought she didn’t win anything. She was going to throw away the ticket until someone told her she should check it one more time.

Rowell says she scanned the ticket and seen it was a big winner! After that, she drove straight to the Florida Lottery headquarters which was an hour a way from where she was. Rowell collected her winnings and was thrilled to take a picture! If you are wondering what game she played, it was the  new “$1,000,000 A Year for Life Spectacular” scratch-off game.

Rowell chose to take her winnings as a one-time lump sum payment. After taxes, she walked away with $640,000. The Super Snead gas station that sold the ticket will get a $2K bonus commission.  The “$1,000,000 A Year for Life Spectacular” is a new Florida Lottery game. Winners get the option of claiming $1 million a year for life or a single $1 million payment.

I have a question. If you were in this situation, would you hook up the person who advised you to check the ticket again before throwing it away? If so how much money would you give him/her? If it were me I would have to give that person something. Im not sure how much. If it wasn’t for them, you would have missed out on that $1M.

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Tampa Area Residents Who Won $1M Or Better In 2022

This year has been great for people buying lottery tickets! Specifically the scratch off ones, and right here in the Tampa Bay Area. Publix has had many winners, and peoples lives are changing just by playing.

I guess I haven’t gotten so lucky yet. I buy tickets almost every week and still cannot get a winner. 2023 is my year!! If you have played and won cash, congrats to you. I have covered many stories this year of people in Tampa winning $1M or more just by playing the lottery. Below are the winners I covered in 2022!

  • Ryan Doddridge

    Ryan Doddridge Of New Port Richey won $15M by paying the Florida Lottery!He won $15M by playing  the 300X the Cash Scratch-off game.  Doddridge who is a lawyer claimed the games top prize and chose to receive his winnings as a one time payment of $10,430,000. According to lottery officials, the winning ticket came from the Publix located on US 19 North in Palm Harbor.

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  • Laura Barnes

    A St. Petersburg woman is now a millionaire after purchasing a winning Powerball ticket!  Laura Barnes is now $10 million richer after she bought the ticket from 7-Eleven. Barnes claimed her prize from the lottery headquarters in Tallahassee after playing the Powerball with Double Play draw game.  The now millionaire , purchased her ticket from the  from the 7-Eleven on 34th Street North in St. Petersburg. 

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  • Carmelina Cordero

    Congratulations to Carmelina Cordero who won $1K a week for the rest of her life. She is from Largo and she won the money playing  the multi-state Draw game, CASH4LIFE. Cordero will receive her winnings in a one time lump sum payment of $1M. The Publix store which is located on Ulmerton Road will receive a  $2K bonus commission for selling it.

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  • Glenn Shukas

    I hope I get this lucky one day! Congratulations to Glenn Shukas of largo who just won $1M. He won by playing the Billion Dollar Gold Rush scratch-off Game. Florida Lottery officials say he has chosen to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $880,000. Where did Shukas buy the ticket? He purchased it at the Publix on West Bay Drive in Largo.
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  • Doreen Augustyn

    Congratulations to Doreen Augustyn of Holiday Florida! She just won $1,000 a week from the  CASH4LIFE drawing. Florida Lottery officials say Augustyn purchased the winning quick pick ticket at the 7-Eleven on US Highway 19 in Holiday. The store will receive $2,000 for selling the winning ticket. She has chosen to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1 million.

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  • James Martin

    Congratulations to James Martin of  Brooksville! He just won $1M from the Florida Lottery. What game did he play? He played the “500x the cash” scratch off game. Martin chose to take his winnings as a one time lump sum payment of $820K. Rebel, the store he purchased the ticket from will receive a $2K bonus commission. Martin says to celebrate he is going to take a nice long motorcycle ride with his dog, baby. According to Martin “Once the weather clears up, me and Baby are gonna take off!” 

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    (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

  • Carla Davis

    Carla Davis of Lakeland is now a millionaire. Back in June, Davis purchased a Powerball ticket, matched all 5 numbers but sadly missed the Powerball number. It’s ok though because she still won $2M. Davis went to claim her prize at the Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. The winning ticket was bought at Sunny’s Citgo Mart located in Lakeland.

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  • Paula Azbill

    Congratulations Paula Azbill who won $1M on a scratch-off ticket. Azbill lives in Lutz but purchased the ticket from a 7-Eleven in Tampa. The 7-Eleven is located at 2301 West Linebaugh Avenue. Azbill chose to take her winnings in a one time lump sum of $820,000. The store is going to get a $2K bonus commission for selling the wining ticket. Now what game did she play? She played “500X  The Cash,” which is a ticket that many people have been winning on.

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