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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – A soon-to-be South Florida father is celebrating a big win before the baby arrives.

Christian Lainez, 29, of Miami Dade County, claimed a $1 million top prize from the $1,000,000 HOLIDAY WINNINGS Scratch-Off game. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $795,000.00.

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When asked what he plans to do with his winnings, Lainez told the Lottery that he wants to buy a house to start his family in. “My wife and I are expecting our first baby,” he said. “Now instead of renting another apartment – we can buy our first home together and get everything ready before the baby arrives!”

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Lainez purchased his winning ticket from Shell Red Road, located at 3500 Red Road in Miramar. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.

The $1,000,000 HOLIDAY WINNINGS game launched in November and features more than $73 million in cash prizes, including six top prizes of $1 million for $5. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-3.81.

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