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Body Shop Manager Collides with $150,000 Giant Jumbo Bucks Win

Monday, January 10, 2005

ATLANTA – Gary Thomason, an automotive body shop manager, has run into some good luck. Mr. Thomason purchased a Giant Jumbo Bucks ticket and won the Georgia Lottery instant game’s $150,000 top prize.

“Somebody talked me into buying this ticket,” says Mr. Thomason, a Loganville resident. While at the store with a coworker, the coworker purchased a lottery ticket and mentioned that Mr. Thomason should try one, too.

Mr. Thomason, a production manager at Gerber Auto Collision, scratched the ticket at work. “I about had a heart attack!” he exclaims. “Everybody was whooping and hollering. It got really crazy.”

The lucky ticket was purchased at Amoco Food Shop, located at 2832 N. Decatur Rd. in Decatur.

Mr. Thomason celebrated his 43rd birthday on New Year’s Eve. He and his wife, Judy, have three children and one grandchild.

“We’re going to buy a house and put some down for retirement,” he says. “I’m splurging on one thing and that’s a Sleep Number bed. I’ve always wanted one.”

Mr. Thomason shares that he is pleased his daughter, Katherine, is attending Georgia Southern University in Statesboro on a lottery-funded HOPE scholarship.

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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