Tuesday, November 23, 2004
ATLANTA – Donnie Reliford of Broxton usually builds homes for others. Now that he’s won the $500,000 top prize on the Georgia Lottery instant game Big Bills, Mr. Reliford plans to construct a home for his family. “I’m going to build it myself,” shares the 23-year-old construction worker.
Mr. Reliford purchased his lucky ticket at Aden’s Minit Market #74, located on Hwy. 441 in Broxton. He scratched the ticket in the store’s parking lot and immediately met his wife, Lois, to share the good news.
“He drove up smiling,” Mrs. Reliford says. “I thought he was joking, and then he showed me the ticket.”
Mr. and Mrs. Reliford are the proud parents of a six-month-old son, Donnie Jr. After building their new home, the couple will save the remainder of their winnings for their son’s future.
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