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Businessman wins $1 million in lottery
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Forsyth County News

The owner of a Forsyth County business recently won $1 million after buying a lottery ticket at Granny’s Country Store on Dawsonville Highway.

Gary Smith, owner of Chestatee Boat Docks, won the top prize in the Georgia Lottery’s Extreme Green game, according to a news release from the Georgia Lottery.

Smith, 52, is the 16th person to win $1 million in the game since tickets first went on sale in January 2009, said Kimberly Lundy, a lottery spokeswoman.

He's also the second local person to win $1 million on the game.

Smith told lottery officials he bought the ticket next door to his business at Granny’s. He was in the store’s parking lot when he scratched it.

“I had to sit there for a minute,” he said in a news release.

In business for 28 years, the father of three plans to invest his winnings, the news release said. He and his wife, Deborah, also have three grandchildren.

“I’m sure my wife and I will go to Aruba,” he added.

All lottery profits go to specific educational programs including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program.

More than 1.2 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.