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RALEIGH, N.C. — Benjamin Green, a meat cutter from Star, plans to use the $1 million prize he won playing the $4,000,000 Cash Blowout scratch-off game to take an island vacation.

Green learned of his win when he scratched off the $20 ticket at home on Wednesday afternoon.

“When I saw the ‘win’ symbol I thought I had won maybe forty dollars,” Green explained. “When I saw it was a big winner, I started screaming. I dropped the ticket and picked it back up to see if it would change. I even turned on all the lights so I could see better. This is really going to make things easier.”

Top prize winners in the $4,000,000 Cash Blowout game have the option of claiming their prize as an annuity paid out over 20 years, or as a one-time lump sum payment. Green chose the $600,000 lump sum prize, worth $408,006 after taxes.

“I’m going to just lie on a beach somewhere and not worry about anything for a minute,” Green said. “I might even get one of those big leaves to fan me. Honestly, this feels great. This is a true blessing.”

Green purchased the winning ticket at the E-Zee Gas and Convenience Store on North Main Street in Biscoe.

As of Thursday morning, two top prizes of $4 million and five $1 million prizes remain to be claimed in the game.

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