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Ohio man in disbelief after scratching winning lottery ticket: ‘I thought I was having a heart attack’

A Vienna, Ohio, man was in disbelief last month when he scooped up a lottery ticket and realized he had won the top prize of $200,000 a year for the next 25 years.

Ohio Lottery officials said the man, identified only as “Gary,” bought the winning lottery ticket at the Beverage Depot in Youngstown on his way home from work.

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A person scratches a winning lottery ticket. (St. Petersburg)

The game was “Monopoly 200X,” a $30 scratch-off lottery ticket with a top prize of $200,000 a year for 25 years.

After purchasing the ticket, he scratched it and rushed back to the clerk to see if he won.

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Beverage Depot, Youngstown, Ohio

Beverage Depot in Youngstown, Ohio, sold a man a winning ticket worth $200,000 a month for the next 25 years. (Google Maps)

“I thought I was having a heart attack,” Gary said of the moment he realized his victory. “I wasn’t sure if I would be able to go home because I was shaking so much.”

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The Ohio Lottery’s Monopoly 200X is a $30 scratch ticket with a top prize of $200,000 per year for 25 years. (Ohio Lottery)

Lottery officials said Gary chose to accept the cash option prize of $2.5 million, which would total $1.8 million after the required 28% state and federal taxes.

Gary told sources that the couple plans to build a new home and invest the rest of their winnings.

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The Ohio Lottery has donated more than $31 billion to education since 1974, according to its website.

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