TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Lottery is celebrating a big milestone for the Lotto game.
On Wednesday, Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell congratulated the owner of a Circle K in Tallahassee for selling the 1,000th winning Lotto ticket since the game began in 1988.
The Circle K sold the winning ticket for a $50 million Lotto jackpot on Christmas Eve. As a result, the company earns a bonus commission of $150,000.
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The lucky winner of the $50 million grand prize is Richard McMullen of Tallahassee. He is only the ninth player from Tallahassee to win a Lotto jackpot since 1988.
O'Connell says the Lottery's success depends on its partnership with more than 13,000 retailers.
"We would not be successful as a lottery without the support of our retailers and their commitment to education. So we celebrate Circle K today in Tallahassee. We celebrate having a $50 million jackpot winner, Lotto jackpot winner. We also celebrate the rollovers that we experienced with 28 rollovers, which gave us over $49 million in transfers to education just with that rollover series."
Jeff Powell of Circle K says the company is very excited about selling the 1,000th winning Lotto ticket.
"My reaction was I wasn't a winner but I was a retailer so that was good. That's second best I guess."
Since the Lotto game started 24 years ago, it has generated more than $7 billion for education.
The entire state Lottery has contributed more than $23 billion to education in that time.
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