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Fifty-five-year-old birthday boy from Jacksonville wins million dollar prize playing Gold Rush Limited game

A very happy birthday to Jacksonville's Christopher Njenga, who struck gold at Publix playing scratch-off game.
Credit: The Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery (Lottery) announces that Christopher Njenga, 55, of Jacksonville, claimed a $1 million prize from the GOLD RUSH LIMITED Scratch-Off game at the Lottery’s Jacksonville District Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Lottery announced that Christopher Njenga, 55, of Jacksonville, claimed a one million prize from the GOLD RUSH LIMITED Scratch-Off game at the Lottery’s Jacksonville District Office.

Today is Njenga's birthday, according to a news release from Florida Lottery Communications. (Attached is an image of Njenga’s winning ticket.)

Njenga chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $795,000. 

Njenga purchased his winning ticket from Publix, located at 7749 Normandy Boulevard in Jacksonville. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.    

The $20 Scratch-Off game, GOLD RUSH LIMITED, launched in September 2021 and features 32 top prizes of five million and 100 prizes of one million. 

Additionally, this ticket is filled with over 33,000 prizes of $1,000 to $100,000. The game’s overall odds of winning are 1-in-2.65.   

Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery's portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2020-21.   

About the Florida Lottery

The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $41 billion to enhance education and sending more than 917,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. 

The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida's economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. 

Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $80.5 billion in prizes and made more than 3,500 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com. 

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