A Florida Woman Won Two $2 Million Lottery Tickets on the Same Day

A woman in Florida became a multimillionaire earlier this month after claiming two winning lottery tickets on the same day. The Florida Lottery announced the player’s win earlier this week in a news release. Susan Fitton, 64, of Boca Raton, southeastern Florida, was identified as the winner in the release.

According to the Florida Lottery, Fitton purchased two $2 million Mega Millions with Megaplier tickets at a Prip Mart in Boca Raton. She later claimed the tickets following a drawing held on September 14 at the West Palm Beach District Office.

Fitton’s tickets, according to the release, “matched all five of the white ball numbers but did not match the Mega Ball.”

However, Megaplier features on the tickets did assist in increasing Fitton’s winnings, according to Florida Lottery communications manager Meredyth Hope Norman. This feature has the potential to multiply a ticket’s earnings by up to five times.

“The Megaplier number for the September 14 drawing was 2, which doubled Fitton’s prize from $1 million to $2 million,” Norman told the paper. “But she bought two tickets with the same numbers, so that became $4 million.”

Fitton spent a total of $18 on the two winning tickets, according to the newspaper.

Newsweek contacted the Florida Lottery for comment but did not receive a response before publication.

According to a press release from the Florida Lottery, the Prip Mart where Fitton purchased her lottery tickets will receive a $10,000 bonus for its role in selling the winning tickets.

The Florida Lottery was established in the mid-1980s with the stated purpose of “generating additional money for public education” in the state.

The organization stated that it has contributed more than $40 billion to education in Florida and has also assisted more than 880,000 college-bound students through its Bright Futures scholarship program.

Mega Millions became a component of the organization in 2013, accounting for approximately $761 million of the total amount contributed to educational purposes by the Florida Lottery.

According to the lottery’s website, it has “made more than 3,000 people millionaires,” with over $75 billion in lottery ticket winnings paid out over the years.

Prior to Fitton’s win, the most recent Mega Millions winner announced by the Florida Lottery earlier this month was Michael Rees, who claimed a $1 million ticket following a June drawing. In February, the Florida Lottery announced its first Mega Million winner of the year after two men claimed a $2 million ticket each following mid-January drawings.