A truck driver from Fort Lauderdale
has become the Florida Lottery's newest instant millionaire.
Donald Ritacco, 48, won $1 million in
the Cash Spectacular scratch-off game. He redeemed his winning ticket Dec. 15
in the state capital, Tallahassee.
"There was only the clerk in the
store, and I told him I won," Ritacco, who drives an 18-wheeler for Show
Management of Fort Lauderdale, said. "I then called my wife to tell her
the good news, and she didn't believe me until I showed her the ticket. … I
kept the ticket glued to my side, until I came to the lottery office
stepdaughter describes him as a habitual lottery player, according to a report
in The Miami Herald.
been buying them his whole life. This is just all the money he's spent on
them,'' stepdaughter Kandice Marks told the newspaper.
The truck driver, who hauls boats
and other equipment to boat shows, has no plans yet for how he will spend the
money, the newspaper said. He will receive 20 payments of $50,000 each.