Florida Lotto Fever

Florida Lotto fever was everywhere as Lotto players anxiously awaited Wednesday night's drawing and hoped to be the winner the jackpot.

In fact, many people from Wiregrass made the trip down to the state line to buy tickets.

Liquor store clerk Niah Rodman said, "A millionaire, 83 million, this is coming from Dothan, Alabama. I got to put these numbers in. Yes sir."

Lotto fever was in the air. Just hours before the drawing people rushed to get their Florida Lotto tickets hoping to be the lucky winner of an $82 million jackpot.

"There's been a lot of traffic coming through the store because of the lottery," said Rodman.

Dothan resident Elizabeth Pilcher said, "Like everybody else to win that big money, it's all possible. It's all a little cheese, cheese."

Down at the Alabama/Florida state line people came to Discount Liquor Store to get their tickets. Some came from Florida, some from the wiregrass and some even came down from Tennessee to try their luck.

"Well, it's 82 million. Anybody's got a chance. You might get lucky, you never know. It would be nice,” said Sue Page, a Tennessee resident.

The Lotto hype comes as a result of the jackpot rolling over 10 times since early March. It is the highest jackpot in the nation, and the seventh highest jackpot in Florida’s Lotto history.

After taxes are deducted, the lucky winner can choose to get a lump sum of $45 million or $2.7 million every year for the next 30 years.

"I'll take the lump sum so I could have it all and invest it so I could have it for my family," said Jarrod Woodham.

"I'm going to take the $2.7 million because I'll know I'll have money as a positive income," said Ricky Culp

When asked what they would do with the money if they won, many people thought of family first.

"Well,I'm going to pay off my house, pay off my bills, and my dad's in an Enterprise nursing home, so I'm going to take care of him a lot better and maybe have fun with the rest of the money," said Angela Norris.

Anyone who played Wednesday’s Lotto helped contribute close to $54 million that will be used for Florida’s public education system.


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