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Best friends share in the fun of winning $1 million

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH - A pair of best friends and work buddies are sharing in the excitement of a $1,000,000 win on the Ohio Lottery Scratch-Off, Billion.

Dylan Smetzer and Olen Wright won $50,000 a year for 25 years on Billion. They chose to take the cash option prize of $500,000 and  after mandatory state and federal tax totaling 28 percent, they will split $360,000.

Tony's Wine Barrel, located at 34 Home Ave in Akron, sold the winning ticket.

Billion is a $50 scratch-off with a top prize of  $1 million a year for 20 years. As of November 17, 2023, there are three top prizes remaining in the game.

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