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Jacksonville Man Plays FLORIDA LOTTO Second Time To Win His Share of $85 Million Jackpot!

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 2002

 "That was the second time I ever
 played LOTTO, and I won!"
 JAMES H. MILLS
 FLORIDA LOTTO Jackpot Winner


A Jacksonville man, who only played the FLORIDA LOTTO for the second time last week, today claimed his share of the estimated $85 million LOTTO jackpot from the Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 drawing. Because of higher-than-expected sales, the jackpot amount actually increased to $87.81 million - the third highest jackpot in LOTTO history.

James H. (Jimmy) Mills, 59, who is deaf, was accompanied by his wife Martha, 59, to Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee today to redeem his one-seventh share of the jackpot. Jimmy could have chosen to receive his winnings in 30 annual installments of approximately $418,142 per year(1), but instead took his winnings in a single cash payment of $6,852,930.76

Jimmy was the fifth of seven winners to claim his share of the top prize. Also today, a fourth group of LOTTO winners from Ocala claimed their one-seventh share. Winning tickets sold in Winter Haven and Fort Myers have not been claimed.

"I played the LOTTO for the first time last Wednesday night and won $5 from one of my tickets," said Jimmy, who works for Automatic Blinds, Inc. of Jacksonville. "After I won, I took my $5 and bought five more tickets for the next drawing on Saturday. That was the second time I had ever played LOTTO, and I won!"

The winner said he and his wife saw their winning numbers drawn live on TV last Saturday night. When they realized they had all six of the LOTTO numbers, they said they just felt "happy."

Jimmy purchased his lucky ticket at the Winn-Dixie Supermarket, located at 8775 Old Kings Road in Jacksonville. The Winn-Dixie Corporation will receive one seventh of a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning jackpot ticket. The winning LOTTO numbers for the Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 drawing are: 10 - 16 - 22 - 29 - 36 - 41.

"I just picked the numbers out of the air," Jimmy said. "I really didn't have any reason why I chose them. After we won, we kept the ticket on a refrigerator behind a big magnet."

Jimmy and Martha said they plan to use some of their winnings to buy a new car, a new computer, take a vacation, and maybe buy a new home. They both said they also plan to quit their jobs, but they haven't told their bosses yet.

Jimmy is the 32nd FLORIDA LOTTO winner either to reside in or purchase a winning ticket in Duval County and the 695th LOTTO winner to win at least $1 million since 1988.

The jackpot for tomorrow (Saturday) night's FLORIDA LOTTO drawing is estimated at $6 million! The drawing will be broadcast live on 15 television stations statewide at 11 p.m. EDT.

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(1) Prize estimate based on current interest rates on day of prize claim.
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