Fort Lauderdale man wins $1K for life, takes quick cash
A big lottery win has been a long time coming for  Joseph Williams James III, and he could have taken $1,000 for life. But instead, he'll take the quick loot.

  James, of Fort Lauderdale, claimed the top prize in the $1,000 A Week for Life Scratch-off Game Monday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

       According to James, he has played the lottery for nearly 25 years but never played Scratch-Off games.

“I was at the store last week and decided to buy some Scratch-Off tickets because I had an extra $10 on me. I chose the $1,000 A Week for Life game that was in the same number bin as my birthday. I bought five of them, which my wife helped me scratch, and the big winner was in there,” James explained to lottery officials.

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James (pictured with his wife) chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment  of $846,715.12. He purchased his winning Scratch-Off ticket at Winn Dixie, located at 680 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.

            The $2 game launched on Feb. 5. There are six $1,000 A Week for Life top prizes remaining in the game.