GREENSBORO (WFMY) - A Dudley High School custodian wants to see his family across the country after a recent life-changing win through the lottery.

John Richardson says he can't wait to visit his son and grandson in Colorado after winning $200,000 in the North Carolina Education Lottery.

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“My son’s an officer in the Army and they’re stationed out there,” said Richardson, who lives in Greensboro. “I haven’t been able to afford to go see them for two years. I have a three-year-old grandson who I skype with, but now I finally get to see my baby in person.”

John, 61, stopped by the Dasa Express Mart on Groometown Road in Greensboro and bought a $200,000 Back Scratch scratch-off ticket.

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John said he thought he won $1,000 at first. Then he finished scratching to see the final total.

"I almost passed out!” Richardson said. “It feels so good to win. I never thought it would happen to someone like me.”

Richardson took home $141,003 after taxes.

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The $5 ticket launched in September with four top prizes of $200,000. One top prize remains.

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