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Woman bought $1M Florida Lottery ticket after flight was canceled

Photo: Dylan Nolte
Photo: Dylan Nolte

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Having just had her flight canceled, a Missouri woman’s luck quickly changed when she won $1 million from a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket.

Lottery officials say 51-year-old Angela Caravella of Kansas City, Missouri, claimed a top prize last month from The Fastest Road to $1,000,000 scratch-off game.

She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000. After her flight was canceled, Caravella purchased her winning ticket from a Publix supermarket in Brandon, just east of Tampa.

She says she bought it to pass the time. The store will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

Danielle Prieur is WMFE's education reporter.