Former lawmakers big winner on scratch-off ticket
Former state Rep. Frank Farkas, a St. Petersburg Republican who was unable to regain a seat in the Legislature last November, has scratched off a big payday for himself, the Florida Lottery announced Tuesday. Farkas, 56, took a one-time, lump-sum payment of $815,515.72, after winning a prize in part of the lottery’s “Lucky $200,000 A Year for Life” game. Farkas won in part of the game that offered a potential prize of $50,000 a year for life. Farkas, a chiropractic physician, served in the House from 1998 to 2006. He sought to return to office in 2012 but was defeated by Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg.