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Lavonia man celebrates birthday with $1M lottery win

Thursday, May 24, 2012

ATLANTA – A Lavonia man recently kicked off his birthday weekend as a new millionaire. Joseph Emmons, 43, won $1 million playing the new Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia Millions.

“It’s still sinking in,” Emmons said.

Emmons, who celebrated his birthday Sunday, had a lucky feeling before purchasing the ticket Friday.

“Something just felt right on Friday,” he said.

Emmons plans to use his winnings to invest and help his family.

Max Saver, located at 17 Liberty Hill Church Road in Hartwell, sold the top prize ticket.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.4 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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