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Selma man dreams of starting business after lottery win

Wilson Amaya (North Carolina Education Lottery)

After almost 20 years of working in construction, a Johnston County man is closer to his dream of starting his own business thanks to a $100,000 lottery prize.

"I'm going to save the money first," said Wilson Amaya, of Selma. "But I want to open my own construction company."

Amaya's good fortune happened after he bought a Mega Cash scratch-off ticket at the Market & Cafe on N.C. 96 in Selma.

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"I couldn't believe it when I won," Amaya said. "My wife and I started jumping up and down."

He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $69,507.

Amaya is the first to win one of six $100,000 prizes. The game also has three $5 million prizes and six $1 million prizes.

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