Karen Dowling of Port Charlotte claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. She chose to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.00. She bought her winning ticket from the Publix at 24051 Peachland Boulevard in Port Charlotte. Fin Sushi is in the same plaza. Solid spot for sushi.

In case you were wondering, yep, that’s the $50 scratch off ticket.

Good on Karen Dowling for the win, but I just can’t bring myself to spend $50 on a single scratch off ticket.

It would hurt too much if I got nothing in return. Only on a rare occasion will I get a $20 ticket. But I have no problem quickly wasting $100 in the Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the casino in Immokalee. Weird, huh?

If you play the 500x the cash $50 ticket and are looking to win big, here’s what’s left:

Odds of Winnings and Prizes

Prize Amount Odds of Winning Total Prizes Prizes Remaining Prizes Paid
$25,000,000.00 1-in-21,419,145 2 1 1
$1,000,000.00 1-in-267,739 160 51 109
$50,000.00 1-in-142,794 300 83 217
$20,000.00 1-in-19,953 2,147 635 1,512
$10,000.00 1-in-20,037 2,138 651 1,487
$5,000.00 1-in-5,014 8,544 2,581 5,963
$1,000.00 1-in-1,000 42,856 13,718 29,138
$500.00 1-in-48 888,924 252,592 636,332
$100.00 1-in-5 8,568,184 2,401,135 6,167,049


Here Are The Best Restaurants In Port Charlotte / Punta Gorda At The Start Of 2023

Here Are The Best Restaurants In Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda Of 2022, according to Yelp. Hungry?  If not, you will be when you’re done reading this.  We promise.

There are so many options when it comes to dining out in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda .  No matter what it is you might have a hankering for, you’ll find it in Southwest Florida.  We’re a foodies dream, in a smaller town.  What more could we ask for?

So, with the new year upon us (so crazy it’s 2023 already), we wanted to know, where are the best places in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda for a delicious meal?

Since we aren’t experts in the food game, we took to the crew over at Yelp for help with the list, based on user reviews.

From seafood, to breakfast to a great steak or exotic cuisine or maybe a quick burrito or bowl, we’ve got it all covered in the list below, of  the best restaurants in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda of 2022.  There are plenty of options for a romantic date night, a fun family night out or a quick meal alone. Keep in mind, the hurricane tore right through this area and some of the places are still fixing up. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t deserving of the recognition. And this list is very local.

And now that all of our mouths are watering and we are dying to know where we should go for dinner tonight, we’ll get to the list. If you’re looking for a place in Fort Myers, we have that list too!

Bon Appetit! Let’s take a look at the Top 20 Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda Restaurants going into 2023.

Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.