Florida Man Wins $2M Lottery. His Pregnant Dog is the Reason.


Florida man who won the jackpot credits his success to his small, pregnant dog. Leonard Linton is $2 million richer, and he told Florida Lottery officials it’s all because of his dachshund, Ivy.

Linton, 42 years old, said that he had spoken to Florida Lottery officials about the prize in a Press releaseHe received a phone call from Ivy stating that she was feeling unwell. Linton decided to take an alternate route home in order to reach Ivy as quickly as possible. Along the route, he made a pit stop at a Stop & Shop and purchased a scratch-off.

“I still can’t believe it. This is life-changing,” Linton told Florida Lottery.

Linton claimed a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,645,000 at the the Lottery’s June 20 press release stated.

The Florida Lottery posted a photo on Twitter of Linton and Ivy with their big win.

When asked what he was going to do with the money, Linton told officials, “I’m definitely getting Ivy a new kennel.”

The Stop & Shop where Linton purchased his ticket is set to receive receive a $4,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket, according to the press release.

Launched in January, the $10 game 100X THE CASH offered more than $337.9 million in cash prizes, including eight top rewards of $2,000,000. 

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