A Florida man is thanking his pregnant dachshund after he won the top prize of $2 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket.
Leonard Linton, 42, said he purchased the ticket on a whim at a Stop N Shop after receiving a call that he needed to run home to his pregnant dachshund Ivy.
“I still can’t believe it,” Linton said. “This is life-changing, but I’m definitely getting Ivy a new kennel!”
Linton chose to receive the winnings in a lump-sum payment of $1,645,000 rather than an annuity, the Florida Lottery said in a news release on Monday.
The scratch-off game called 100X THE CASH cost Linton $10 and offers eight top prizes of $2 million. According to the Florida Lottery, the odds of winning a cash prize are 1-in-3.44.
To win a cash prize, the player must match their number to a winning number and win the prize shown as well as potential bonuses.
The odds of winning the $2 million jackpot is about 1 in 5,758,778, according to the lottery.
Linton credited his multi-million dollar win to his pregnant Dachshund, saying he took a different route home than normal and made a quick pit stop on his way to check on the ill pup.
According to the Florida Lottery, the retailer that the ticket was purchased from will receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling a winning ticket.
The scratch-off game was launched in January since scratch-off games comprise approximately 75 percent of lottery ticket sales. The Florida Lottery said in the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year, lottery tickets generated more than $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund.
Newsweek reached out to the Florida Lottery for comment.
Back in April, a man in France won a $217 million lottery and donated most of it to his charity.
A woman in Michigan who won more than $1 million from the lottery credited her mother for suggested she buy a lottery ticket. After winning “a few bucks,” the woman bought more tickets and successfully won the jackpot prize: $1.6 million.
In Virginia, one lucky student received the ultimate surprise of winning the lottery during the holidays.
Brian Donohue, who studies mathematics at the University of Virginia, found himself the winner of $1 million after a ticket his mother placed in his Christmas stocking matched the jackpot numbers.
Donohue’s mother purchased the winning ticket from a local supermarket in Oakton, Virginia, on December 22. Little did she know the ticket would have her son winning the Virginia Lottery’s Bank a Million game.
Donohue told lottery officials that he plans on using the earnings to pay his college tuition.