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Ocala Man Discovers at Store He's a $15 Million FLORIDA LOTTO Jackpot Winner!

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2003

"I didn't believe it when I found out I won, and I still don't

believe it!" -- David Lee Ward, FLORIDA LOTTO Jackpot Winner

An Ocala man, who just moved to Florida last year for a new job, today redeemed the winning FLORIDA LOTTO ticket for the Saturday, Oct. 25 LOTTO drawing for the estimated $15 million jackpot prize.

David Lee Ward, 56, drove to Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee to collect his prize this morning. David could have received his winnings in 30 annual installments of approximately $500,000(a) per year, but instead he chose a lump-sum payment of $8,013,078.68.

Total ticket sales for this jackpot generated approximately $9.84 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund for Florida's schools.

"On Wednesday, I took my tickets back to the place where I bought them and asked the clerk to check them in the terminal," said David, who works as a heavy equipment operator. "When the message read it was a winning LOTTO ticket, the clerks thought something was wrong, until they re-checked the numbers. I didn't believe it when I found out I won, and I still don't believe it. Today it finally hit me - I won!"

David bought his winning ticket at Kwik King #52, located at 16482 S.E. Highway 301 in Summerfield (Marion Co.). The store will receive a $10,000 retailer bonus for selling the winning jackpot ticket. The winning numbers, chosen by his personal numbers using birthdays, for the Oct. 25, 2003 drawing are: 06 - 10 - 19 - 27 - 34 - 47.

"I plan to use some of my winnings to buy a new pickup truck, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and maybe a R.V. park in my home state of Michigan, where I can hunt and fish on my own property," David said. "I haven't decided to quit my job yet. I may wait and go in Monday so I can just harass my boss when I tell him I won the LOTTO."

He said he kept his ticket hidden safely underneath the seat of his truck, but admits he had "some sleepless nights thinking about the ticket, until I got to Tallahassee today to turn it in."

David is the 15th FLORIDA LOTTO winner to either reside in or purchase a winning ticket in Marion County and the 736th LOTTO winner to win at least $1 million since 1988.

The jackpot for tomorrow night's (Saturday) FLORIDA LOTTO drawing is estimated at $6 million! The drawing will be broadcast live on 13 television stations statewide at 11 p.m. EST.

(a) Prize estimate based on current interest rates on day of prize

claim.

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