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CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — A small business owner from Granite Falls was on his way home from work Friday afternoon when he stopped to purchase gas and a few lottery tickets.

His stop led to a $1 million win.

After he finished pumping his gas, Jonathan Osborne sat in his truck and scratched off the $1 million top prize on his The Color of Money ticket.

“I looked at it four times,” Osborne said. “I was shocked. It was like a dream to see those numbers in front of me.”

Osborne purchased his lucky $10 ticket at the Jack B Quick service station on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls.

He plans to use his winnings to invest, save for his children’s college education and take a family trip to Disney World.

“I always like to think I’m going to win,” Osborne said as he collected his check Monday afternoon. “This time I don’t know if it was hope or confidence. It just feels awesome.”

Winners of $1 million in the game have the option of claiming it in $50,000 payments as a 20-year annuity or a one-time lump sum of $600,000. Osborne took the cash payment and received a check for $415,203 after state and federal taxes were withheld.

“It really didn’t set in until I came here to claim it today,” Osborne said as he looked at his big check. “The dream has become a reality.”

The Color of Money game went on sale Jan. 7 with five top prizes of $1 million. As of Monday afternoon, two more top prizes remain to be claimed.