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Former state Rep. Frank Farkas wins $815,000 in lottery scratch-off

ST. PETERSBURG — Frankly, former Rep. Frank Farkas is pretty lucky.

Farkas, a St. Petersburg chiropractor who served in the state House from 1998 to 2006, won $50,000 a year for life in a Florida Lottery scratch-off game, the lottery announced Tuesday.

"Yes, we did," Farkas said in a brief phone conversation. "But I'd rather not comment."

Farkas, 56, purchased the $20 ticket at the Old Northeast Rally, 2131 Fourth St. N.

Farkas, whose campaign slogan was "Frankly, Farkas always works hard for us," opted for a one-time, lump-sum payout of $815,515.72. His net worth as of June 2012 was $3.5 million. Farkas lost his campaign to return to the state House in 2012. He was defeated by Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg.

Times staff writer Steve Bousquet contributed to this report.

Former state Rep. Frank Farkas wins $815,000 in lottery scratch-off 05/14/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:21pm]
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