TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery (Lottery) announces that James Musselwhite, of Sarasota, claimed a $1 million prize from the $5,000,000 LUCK Scratch-Off game at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $760,000.00.
When asked if he had any big plans, Musselwhite shared that he had already traveled the world while serving in the United States Marine Corps. “I guess the only thing I really want now is a new golf cart,” he said. Musselwhite was joined by his family at Lottery Headquarters to celebrate his big win.
Musselwhite purchased his winning ticket from Circle A Food Place, located at 3637 Bahia Vista Street in Sarasota. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The $20 game, $5,000,000 LUCK, launched in September 2019 and features more than $329 million in cash prizes, including six top prizes of $5 million. The game’s overall odds of winning are one-in-2.97.
Scratch-Off games are an important part of the Lottery’s portfolio of games, comprising approximately 75 percent of ticket sales and generating more than $1.3 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF) in fiscal year 2020-21.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $41 billion to enhance education and sending more than 917,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests 99 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Lottery retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $80.5 billion in prizes and made more than 3,500 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. A veteran winning big on a scratch off lottery ticket. Thank you for your service, James Musselwhite, and enjoy that new golf cart. – Joe