Christmas miracle: Orlando man wins $2 million on scratch-off ticket

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 27, 2016, 5:06 PM EST

A $10 scratch-off ticket given to a Central Florida man for Christmas turned into a $2 million present.

  • Orlando man won $2 million on Florida Lottery scratch-off
  • Jason Wagner, 39, said he got ticket as Christmas present
  • Wagner took the winnings as a one-time lump sum

The Florida Lottery on Tuesday announced Jason Wagner, 39, claimed a top prize in the $2 million HOLIDAY MILLIONS scratch-off game at the agency's headquarters in Tallahassee.

Wagner chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump sum payment of $1.6 million.

The winning ticket was purchased from the Publix located at 2655 N.E. 35th St., in Ocala.

Wagner said he received the ticket as a Christmas present from his sister.

"She knows that my wife and I enjoy buying scratch-off tickets, and she thought that this was the perfect present for us," Wagner said.

The $10 scratch-off game, $500,000 HOLIDAY MILLIONS, launched in October and gives players the chance to win more than $48 million in prizes, including two top prizes of $2 million. The game's overall odds of winning are 1 in 3.41, according to the Florida Lottery.

Scratch-off games account for about 65 percent of ticket sales and generated more than $734 million for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in fiscal year 2015-2016.