Florida Man Strikes Gold with $1 Million Lottery Win at Local Publix.

The best shopping trip ever for this Florida man! According to WFLA, a man has won a million dollars from a scratch-off ticket. No, you didn’t read that wrong, it actually happened. Giovanni Salazar, a 44-year-old from Cooper City, was simply picking up some groceries at Publix when he decided to test his luck with the 500X the Cash scratch-off game. And boy, did it pay off.

The Florida Lottery reports that Salazar claimed his prize at their Miami District Office, where he received a lump-sum payment of $820,000. Let’s just say he won’t be clipping coupons anytime soon. Salazar’s odds of winning were 1-in-267,739, which are probably better than your chances of finding a parking spot at a mall during the holidays.

Salazar bought his ticket from the Publix located in Cooper City, which will receive a bonus commission of $2,000 for selling the winning ticket. Suddenly, everyone wants to be that cashier who sold the lucky ticket. I can imagine them thinking, “If only I had sold him that stale bag of chips instead, I could be $2,000 richer right now.”

The Florida Lottery even had a good sense of humor about the whole thing, tweeting this:


“Some days shopping at Publix is a pleasure and other days it’s a million-dollar thrill!” If only every shopping trip could end with you becoming a millionaire, we would all be grocery shopping a lot more often.

The 500X the Cash scratch-off game is apparently the best way to become an instant millionaire, with odds of winning at 1-in-4.50. Of course, those odds are still not in your favor, but hey, if Salazar can win a million dollars while grocery shopping, anything is possible.

Which Mega Millions Numbers Are Drawn The Most

It’s January and the Mega Millions jackpot has now surpassed a billion dollars. Clearly, there’s two different ways to play the numbers. You can let the computer pick for you, or you can get that card and pick them yourself. If you’re the latter, what system do you choose? Kids birthdays, anniversaries, and dates like that are common. I use math. Before we continue, in full disclosure, I’ve picked numbers using this system and have not won anything. I only play when the jackpot gets big and using this system I got nothing right on the 7/26/2022 drawing. But what if?

Here are the 10 Most Drawn numbers and Mega Balls Based on 541 drawings since Tuesday, October 31, 2017  as of this data on January 4th, 2022. So when I say a number has come up “46 times”, it means since 10/31/2017.

We’ll also look at which Mega Ball pops up the most. Gotta get both right if you’re going to win that money. I’m not saying these will be the numbers that will make you win. Just saying, these numbers tend to come up more. #science

  • These are the statistics for the sixth/current version of Mega Millions (October 31, 2017 to present: first 5 numbers are 1-70 and the Mega Ball is 1-25).

For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com. If you want the same data, but for Powerball, that’s here. This list is just for fun.

# # #Play Responsibly


  • Here's The 10 Numbers That Get Drawn The Most

  • 14

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    Highest on the list is the number 14 has been drawn 52 times in this time frame and 5 times since July 22nd. It’s been hot, but will it stay hot? It last showed up on December 13th.


  • 17

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    It’s come up 51 times, but we haven’t seen it since November 11th.

  • 10

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    10 has popped up 49 times in the time range but we have not seen 10 in a long time. Not since August 9th.

  • 31

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    49 times. Last seen around Thanksgiving, on November 25th.

  • 38

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    Also has been drawn 49 times in this time range. It last showed on December 23rd.

  • 8

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    A little less frequent. 47 times with the last on December 16th.

  • 3

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    The number 3 has shown up 46 times in the last 541 drawings. Last one was on December 39th.

  • 4

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    The number 4 has shown up 46 times. Last on December 20th.

  • 46

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    46 has come up 46 times. Fun. We last saw it on December 2nd.

  • 64

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    64 has also come up 46 times. Saw it last on September 23rd.

  • And For The Mega Ball


  • 22

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    Mega Ball 22 is the clear winner with 32 draws in the time frame. We last saw MB22 on November 11th.

  • 11

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    MB11 has come down the chute 28 times. Recently, too. On December 27th.


  • 9

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    MB9, 26 times. The last one on November 18th.

  • 10

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    25 times, last on September 20th.

  • 18

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    MB18 also 25 times. It was also the last one drawn – January 3rd, 2023.

  • 24

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    MB24 also 25 times. Been awhile, though. Not since May 31st.

  • 17

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    MB17 has been there 24 times. Recently, too, on December 20th.

  • 19

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    MB19, also 24 times. Last on December 9th.

  • 25

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    MB25 the same. 24 times. We saw it on November 1st.

  • 4 and 13

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    In a tie for 10th place are 4 and 13. Both at 23 times. 4 was last on June 10th, 13 was on December 6th.

  • Are There Any Numbers You Should Avoid?

    Statistically, the number 51. It’s only shown up 25 times in the date range, although it did show up 5 times since July 5th, 2022. Lastly on December 30th.

    Mega Balls 7 and 8 are at the bottom of their appearance list at 16. That’s half as many times as MB22. But get this. MB8 showed up on December 23rd, and MB7 on December 30th.

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