West Melbourne man claims $1M on scratch-off lottery game

Robert Shipley, 61, purchased the winning ticket at Sunshine Food Mart

Robert Shipley, 61, won the $1 million prize from the "500X The Cash" Scratch-Off game. (Florida Lottery)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A Brevard County man is $1 million richer after he purchased a winning Florida lottery ticket at a Melbourne food mart.

Robert Shipley, 61, of West Melbourne, bought his “500X The Cash” Scratch-Off game ticket from Sunshine Food Mart, located at 3990 W. New Haven Ave., the Florida Lottery announced Monday.

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Shipley chose to claim his winnings at the Lottery’s West Palm Beach District Office as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.00, lottery officials said in a news release.

Sunshine Food Mart will receive a $2,000 commission bonus for selling the winning ticket, according to Florida Lottery officials.

The top prize for the $50 “500X The Cash” game is $25 million.

The overall odds of winning a prize from the game are 1-in-4.50, lottery officials said.