Lucky lotto punter nabs £218m jackpot after buying ticket in middle of hurricane

A lucky lottery punter has managed to nab themselves the £218million jackpot after venturing out in a hurricane to buy themselves a ticket.

Hurricane-hit Florida has seen a legion of unlucky souls lose their properties and even lives as the Category 4 storm raged on through the end of September.

But one person in that time fancied their chances on the lottery, with one Fort Myers, Florida resident managing to bag themselves a cool £218million ($247m).

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As the region continues to rebuild following the devastating damage of Hurricane Ian, it would appear one resident in the area has marked a lucky turn of fortune.

Regional reports from Florida Lottery indicate that one of two Mega Millions tickets from a draw were purchased at a 7-Eleven store, while the other winning ticket was sold in California.

That 7-Eleven also receives a share of the good fortune, netting a £88,000 ($100,000) commission for having sold the jackpot-winning ticket.

7-Eleven owner Mona Rawal said that the the jackpot money will be going to someone who "greatly deserves it" and a "needed change" for whoever the lucky ticket holder is.

The lucky millionaire is yet to reveal their identity, but Florida Lottery has confirmed someone has called in with the winning ticket.

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Secretary John F. Davies of Florida Lottery said that while they are "always thriller for all our winners", the Fort Myers win felt "slightly more meaningful than others".

Davies added the reason for that was Fort Myers was currently "an area that is still undergoing restoration efforts due to the impact from Hurricane Ian several weeks ago."

7-Eleven also congratulated the unnamed customer, with a spokesperson saying: "We couldn't be happier that these extra lucky customers won in 7-Eleven stores in Fort Myers, Florida, and San Jose, California."

Winners have up to 180 days to claim their cash, but if they fancy a lump-sum cash payment, then they have just 60 days to declare their winning ticket, MSN reported.

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