New wheels: Marine veteran who won $1M Florida lottery game buying golf cart

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Some lottery winners use their jackpot money to travel, but a Florida man who cashed in a $1 million scratch-off ticket had a different idea.

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James Musselwhite, of Sarasota, is going to buy a new golf cart.

Musselwhite won the $1million prize from the Florida Lottery’s $5,000,000 Luck Scratch-Off game, lottery officials said in a news release on Tuesday.

The former Marine said he had no desire to travel, since he had seen the world while serving his country.

“I guess the only thing I really want now is a new golf cart,” Musselwhite said in a statement.

Musselwhite purchased his winning ticket from Circle A Food Place in Sarasota. The retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus commission for selling the winning ticket, lottery officials said.

Musselwhite, who was accompanied to Tallahassee to receive his money, chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $760,000, lottery officials said.

Even after taxes, that should be plenty of money for Musselwhite to buy his new wheels.

Scratch-offs make up a large chunk of the Florida Lottery’s gaming portfolio, about 75% of overall ticket sales, WTSP-TV reported.