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A $20 scratch-off lottery ticket yielded a payout of more than $2 million for a Zephyrhills woman.

The Florida Lottery reported Tuesday that Johnnie Wood, 45, claimed a $3 million prize in the Super Millions scratch-off game at lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Wood took her winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $2,110,952.82.

She purchased her ticket at Rightway Foods, 38509 County Road 54 in Zephyrhills.

The store will receive a $6,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Super Millions, which launched last month, features more than $300 million in total cash prizes and 6.7 million winning tickets. Eleven top prizes of $3 million remain.

The game's overall odds of winning are one in 2.97.

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Tips sought after seven robberies

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is urging residents and store clerks to be "extra vigilant" during store openings and closings after several recent armed robberies at local places of business.

Since December 2013, there have been seven robberies involving weapons, the Sheriff's Office said. Citing open investigations, authorities declined to give many of the details of the cases, including weapon type, circumstances and whether anybody was injured.

The incidents have happened across the county: Cumberland Farms, 5244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, on Dec. 2 and Feb. 9; Dollar General, 3449 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, on Jan. 6 and Jan. 26; Dollar General, 399 Broad St., Masaryktown, on Feb. 3 and April 6; and Domino's Pizza, 13081 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, on April 4.

Authorities ask that anyone who sees suspicious activity call the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830.

Anyone with information about the robberies may call the Sheriff's Office or leave an anonymous tip with the Hernando County Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-866-990-8477 or submit a tip at Tipsters are eligible for up to a $1,000 cash reward.

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Mutilated animals found along street

Police are investigating after a set of mutilated animals were found Tuesday on the side of a South Tampa street.

Someone called Tampa police after finding the animals about noon near Manhattan Place and Fairview Heights, officials said.

The animals - a goat, a lamb, and three chickens - all had their heads cut off, police said. The heads were lying next to the bodies.

"We're investigating whether it was some sort of ritualistic activity," said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.