UNIVERSITY PARK — A Manatee County man's $20 purchase of a scratch-off ticket paid off with a $3 million prize, the Florida Lottery announced Thursday.
Robert Wood, 60, of University Park, bought his winning Gold Rush Trippler ticket last week at the Mail Station, 8466 Lockwood Ridge Road.
"He was pretty calm," said store owner Tim Lowe, who was present when Wood scratched off the winning ticket. "Everyone else was excited. He was more calm than us."
Lowe has owned his packing and shipping business for 14 years, but he just added lottery tickets about two years ago and had never sold to a winner this big.
He's still waiting to hear from the Florida Lottery about how much of a prize he'll get for selling the winning ticket.
Wood took the cash option and claimed his prize -- $1.95 million after taxes -- at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, a lottery spokesperson said. The winner said he didn't want any media attention and didn't pose for a photograph.
The Gold Rush Trippler game has two top prizes of $3 million and eight prizes of $500,000 remaining.