$1M scratch-off win for woman killing time after her flight was canceled

Woman chose one-time, lump-sum payment of $790K

This scratch-off ticket revealed a $1 million top prize for Aida De Pena of Boynton Beach.
This scratch-off ticket revealed a $1 million top prize for Aida De Pena of Boynton Beach. (Photo courtesy of Florida Lottery)

Angela Caravella of Kansas City, Missouri, bought a few scratch-offs to pass the time after her flight from Tallahassee, Florida, was canceled and she ended up winning big, WKMG reported.

Florida Lottery officials said the 51-year-old bought the Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off ticket from Publix at 1220 Kingsway Road in Brandon, Florida.

“I had a feeling something bizarre was going to happen after my flight was cancelled unexpectedly,” Caravella told the Florida Lottery. “I bought a few scratch-off tickets to pass the time and just like that – I won $1 million!”

Caravella chose to take the one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000, according to a news release about her win.

The supermarket location, a Publix store, receives $2,000 for selling the winning ticket.


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