Wood purchased his $20 ticket from the Mail Station on Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota. Store owner Tim Lowe was one of several people present when Wood scratched-off the ticket.
"He was pretty calm," Lowe recalled. "He was more calm than us."
The cool-headed winner chose to take his prize as a one-off lump-sum payment of $1.95 million, after state and federal taxes.
A Florida Lottery spokesperson said: "The winner said he didn't want any media attention and didn't pose for a photograph."