Miramar man quick to claim $500K win

 Big lottery winners usually take their time getting their affairs in order before snagging their loot, either celebrating their first few days or lining up their money with some kind of planner.

 Not Eric Thomas of Miramar.

 Thomas, 61, made it to Tallahassee just four days after his April 11 $500,000 Mega Money win.

 He chose the one-time, lump-sum payment option for his winnings, in the amount of $385,917.34.


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  Thomas purchased his icket at Winn-Dixie, located at 3108 S. University Drive. The retailer received a bonus commission of $1,000 for selling the ticket.

It's the 42nd jackpot-winning ticket purchased in Broward County since the latest version of Mega Money began in 2004.

The next Mega Money drawing is at 11:15 tonight.