Jacksonville woman wins $1M lottery ticket, plans to return to work

DUVAL COUNTY, Fla. — A Jacksonville woman initially thought she won $100,000 when she scratched off her $20 lottery ticket before heading into work one morning.

Wilma Todd, 69, told the Florida Lottery she was adamant about working her shift before making plans to claim her prize.

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“After work, I picked up my granddaughter and handed her my ticket. She turned to me and said, ‘Nana, you didn’t win $100,000 – you won $1 million!’ needless to say I was in complete shock,” Todd said.

Todd played the $5,000,000 CASHWORD scratch-off that she purchased at Jones Road General Store located on Jones Road near Commonwealth Avenue. The Florida Lottery said she chose to claim her winnings in a one-time lump-sum payment of $780,000.

Most people say they wouldn’t return to work after coming into a large sum of money, but Todd said she will. The 69-year-old plans to continue working at her job until her replacement is fully trained.

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Once that happens, she is excited about retiring and spending time with her family.

The store will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket.

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.