Sunday, January 9, 2005
ATLANTA – Mohammad Hoque, who recently moved to Georgia, is enjoying a lucky taste of Southern hospitality. Mr. Hoque won a free ticket when he played the Georgia Lottery instant game Green and Gold. He scratched the free ticket and won the game’s $150,000 top prize.
“It put a smile on my face. You’ve welcomed me,” says Mr. Hoque, who relocated to Winder from the Northeast just a month before his win.
Mr. Hoque purchased his winning ticket at BP Food Mart, located at 1265-B N. Cherokee Rd. in Social Circle. He scratched the lucky ticket in the store’s parking lot. “It shocked me,” he says. “I was frozen for a minute.”
Mr. Hoque and his wife, Farzie, have an 11-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. According to Mr. Hoque, he plans to open a business with his winnings. He will also save for his children’s education and share his prize with his wife.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.
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