Big winner alert!
61-year-old Demetrios Valaes from Tampa has won $1 million after playing the Florida Lottery Struck By Luck Scratch-Off game. Valaes is the first winner to score the top prize.
According to the Florida Lottery, Valaes bought his ticket from the Rainbow Food Mart located at 3302 South West Shore Boulevard. He told the Florida Lottery that the usual store where he buys scratch-offs was “very busy,” so he decided to purchase a ticket just “down the road.” This life changing decision struck him the gold.
Demetrios Valaes from #Tampa just claimed the 𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧 $1 million prize from the 🌩𝙎𝙏𝙍𝙐𝘾𝙆 𝘽𝙔 𝙇𝙐𝘾𝙆 Scratch-Off game - and you'll never guess what store he bought his winning ticket from! 🌈👀👉https://t.co/CTMinguWpx#STRUCKBYLUCK #Millionaire pic.twitter.com/lMSrgfmNKX— Florida Lottery (@floridalottery) October 8, 2021
Valaes opted to take the lump sum of $880,000. Rainbow Food Mart will receive a commission check of $2,000 for selling the winning ticket.