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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Ocala woman claims $1,000,000 Florida Lottery prize with ticket purchased at Walmart

An Ocala woman claimed a $1,000,000 prize from the Florida Lottery recently after cashing in a ticket she purchased at a local Walmart.

The Florida Lottery made the announcement through a press release that Mercedes Santiesteban, 50, of Ocala, claimed a $1,000 a Week for Life prize in the multi-state Draw game, CASH4LIFE®, from the May 19, 2021 drawing at the Gainesville District Office.

Santiesteban chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,000,000.00.

Santiesteban purchased her winning CASH4LIFE ticket from Walmart Liquor Box, located at 4980 East Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning CASH4LIFE ticket.

Santiesteban is the second big winner among Ocala residents in the past month.

Earlier this year, Moichen Lamadrid Chang claimed a $2 million prize just last month after purchasing a winning ticket from the Winn-Dixie located at 184 Marion Oaks.

This popular multi-state game offers two lifetime prizes, with the chance to win $1,000 a Day for Life or $1,000 a Week for Life. Florida is the ninth state to join CASH4LIFE.

CASH4LIFE drawings are held daily at 9:00 p.m., ET at the New Jersey Lottery Headquarters studio. Live drawings may be viewed on www.livestream.com/CASH4LIFE, and at flalottery.com. CASH4LIFE winning numbers are also available at www.flalottery.com, at Florida Lottery retailers statewide, and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY. Also, you may register here to receive CASH4LIFE winning numbers and other Lottery information by email or text message.

Since joining the multi-state CASH4LIFE Draw game in 2017, Florida has had more than 17.9 million winning tickets totaling more than $112.1 million in prizes. Additionally, the game has generated more than $108.1 million for Florida students and schools.