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Jacksonville man wins $500 a week for life in Lottery scratch-off

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A 65-year-old Jacksonville man will receive $500 a week for life after winning a scratch-off prize from the Florida Lottery.

Michael Smith purchased a $3 Monopoly scratch-off ticket and won $5, according to a news release from the Florida Lottery. When the store clerk told Smith the Monopoly ticket was the last one, he bought two Lucky $500 a Week for Life tickets instead.

"The second ticket I scratched ended up being a top prize winner," said Smith. "I was lucky the store was out of the Monopoly tickets or I would not have tried this game and won this prize."

Smith elected to receive his winnings as a lump sum, one-time payment or $436,801.56.

Smith purchased his tickets at the Commonwealth BP, located at 6573 Commonwealth Avenue.

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