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Savannah man starts New Year with $500,000 lottery win

Thursday, January 3, 2008

ATLANTA – A lottery ticket a Savannah man bought during a business trip turned out to be a win worth $500,000. James Melvin, 44, played the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and won a top prize.

Melvin, a salesman, purchased the winning ticket at Filler's #0020, 112 N. Dooly St. in Montezuma, while traveling on business. He realized the ticket was a winner while pumping gas.

"I didn't bother to go back inside of the store," he said. "The moment was exciting."

Melvin and his wife, Debra, have no immediate plans for their winnings.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $9.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Prekindergarten Program. More than 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 850,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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