LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Are you feeling lucky? If you are, then buy yourself a scratch off, Powerball, or Mega Millions ticket, because Wednesday is National Lottery Day!
The Florida Lottery is actually celebrating the entire week as part of #LotteryWeek.
Lotteries date all the way back to the 15th century. Back then the money raised would help feed and clothe the poor and strengthen village defenses.
Today, lotteries are state-owned and operated. Funds raised help the communities they serve and go towards things like schools, roads, and government programs.
And Southwest Florida has had its share of winners. An Estero man won $15 million in a February Lotto drawing. A Cape Coral woman won $1 million on a scratch-off ticket in March. A Sanibel man won $2 million in a Powerball drawing in March.
In 2018, a Naples man won $500,000, a Bonita Springs woman won $2 million, a Port Charlotte man won $1 million, a Clewiston woman won $1 million, and a Bonita Springs teen won $15 million, all on scratch-off tickets. Those are only a few of the local winners.
But all of those pale in comparison to one lucky winner last October. An unidentified winner in South Carolina claimed the biggest single-player jackpot in history, winning $1.5 billion in a Mega Millions drawing.
The Florida Lottery hosts the Powerball drawing Wednesday night with estimated jackpot at $40 million.
You can watch that drawing and all Florida Lottery drawings on Fox 4, the official lottery station for Southwest Florida.