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Just after being cut in line at Publix, a Florida man won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket

Lottery playing slips are shown at a supermarket kiosk, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Surfside, Fla.
Lottery playing slips are shown at a supermarket kiosk, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Surfside, Fla.Wilfredo Lee/AP
  • According to state officials, a Florida man won $1 million from a $50 scratch-off ticket he bought at Publix.

  • Stephen Munoz Espinoza said he was going to get a lottery ticket from a machine when someone cut him in line.

  • He opted to buy his ticket at the counter instead and ended up winning the big prize.

A Florida man won $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket moments after someone cut him in line at Publix, state lottery officials announced earlier this week.

"It was the end of a long day, and I was tired. I stopped at Publix and was about to buy a ticket at the machine when a man cut right in front of me,"  Stephen Munoz Espinoza, a 43-year-old from Delray Beach, told Florida lottery officials in a January 25 statement. "Instead of saying something, I decided I'd just buy a ticket at the counter instead."

He added, "I can't believe I won a million dollars!"

Espinoza made the win off of a $50 ticket from the state's 500X The Cash game that launched last February, according to the Florida lottery. The game features prizes from $100 to $25 million.

To claim his winnings, Espinoza opted for the one-time lump sum of  $820,000, which he and his wife plan to use on a family home, according to the Florida Lottery. The Publix in Delray Beach where he bought the ticket will make a $2,000 commission for selling the ticket.

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