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Leesburg man wins $1 million one month after getting engaged

A 26-year-old Leesburg man has won $1 million in the Florida Lottery one month after getting engaged.

Brian Nelson claimed the $1 million prize from the new Gold Rush LimitedScratch-Off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $795,000.

Brian Nelson with Emily Pelton
Brian Nelson with Emily Pelton. Photo credit: Meredyth Hope Norrman

Nelson made the trip to Tallahassee with his fiancée of one month, Emily Pelton.

“You won’t believe what he’s most excited about buying with his winnings,” Pelton told the Lottery.

Nelson laughed and said, “I’m just looking forward to upgrading to an electric toothbrush and splurging on a good pair of flip flops.”

Nelson purchased his winning ticket from Quik Mart, located at 11100 California St. in Leesburg. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket. 

The Lottery’s newest $20 Scratch-Off game, GOLD RUSH LIMITED, features 32 top prizes of $5 million and 100 prizes of $1 million.  Additionally, this ticket is filled with over 33,000 prizes of $1,000 to $100,000.

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.

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