Stephen Munoz Espinoza and his wife plan to use the money to purchase a new home for their family.
People say that patience is a virtue. Besides, having patience is a valuable trait, especially when it comes to the lottery! Stephen Munoz Espinoza, a 43-year-old resident of Delray Beach in Palm Beach County, learned the value of patience after winning a cool $1 million after a stranger cut in front of him at a lottery ticket machine inside his local supermarket. Instead of getting angry, Munoz Espinoza opted to buy a 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at the counter, which turned out to be a winner! "Instead of saying something, I decided, I'd just buy a ticket at the counter instead," Munoz Espinoza explained. "I can't believe I won a million dollars!" Munoz Espinoza said, per Wednesday's press release.
If you think patience doesn’t pay off, click the link to find out how Stephen Espinoza of #DelrayBeach managed to keep his cool and stroll out of Publix—a gentleman and a millionaire! 👉https://t.co/9AnhlP59Mv pic.twitter.com/3OplMJEF1H— Florida Lottery (@floridalottery) January 25, 2023
Upon claiming his prize at the Florida Lottery's Headquarters in Tallahassee, Munoz Espinoza chose to receive a lump-sum payment of $820,000. He and his wife plan to use the money to purchase a new home for their family. The Publix where the ticket was purchased will also receive a $2,000 bonus commission. According to the lottery, the odds of winning this particular game are 1 in 4.5. A lot can happen if we remain calm and patient. After all, you never know what might be waiting for you around the corner!
Just like this, a Maryland man was astounded to receive a $100,000 prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket, just over three years after winning $50,000 in a different lottery game. The man stated that he had purchased his $10 "Show Me $100,000" scratch-off ticket from the Beltsville 7-Eleven #11569 store. "I scratched it right away, then scanned it on my phone. It was kind of hard to believe. I had to scan it three times," the player recalled.
The man said he was even more surprised as he had previously visited Maryland Lottery headquarters in September 2019 to collect a $50,000 prize from a Deluxe Crossword scratch-off ticket. He revealed that he had used his previous earnings to remodel his home. Other than taking his wife out to "dinner at a nice place," he claimed he was unsure of what he will do with his latest prize money.
Moreover, this is not the first time someone in the United States has won lottery prizes that too multiple times. Last year in December, a man credited his "intuition" after winning not one but six state lotteries for a total prize worth over $2 million. Raymond Roberts Sr., a Vietnam veteran, won the $25,000 a year for life prizes in the December 14 drawing, according to the state lottery, which stated that he won the lotteries after matching the first five numbers on each ticket. He said his major win was the result of a gut feeling, noting that his "intuition" had led him to purchase multiple tickets with the same numbers.