by: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
A Florida teen who bought a winning $1 lottery scratch-off game from an Orlando grocery store last week claimed her prize: $500 every week for the rest of her life.
Florida Lottery officials said Daniela Leon Ruz, 18, decided to claim her winnings in annual payments of $26,000 for each year of her life. The winnings are guaranteed to be paid out for at least the next 20 years, officials said.
Leon Ruz picked up a $1 scratch-off for the Florida Lottery’s $500 A Week For Life game at a Publix in Orlando. The odds of her claiming the game’s top prize were about 1 in 5.4 million.
The game was launched July 3. Overall odds to win any of the game’s prizes is about 1 in 5, officials said.