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Insurance salesman from Norcross wins $1M

Friday, June 29, 2012

ATLANTA – An insurance salesman in Gwinnett County has considered his Georgia Lottery prize a bolt from the blue. John Sears of Norcross has won a $1 million prize playing the instant game $100 Million Cash Blast.

Sears, 79, purchased his lucky ticket Thursday and claimed his prize at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

Publix Super Market #0722, 7736 Spalding Drive in Norcross, sold the winning ticket.

“I just took two chances,” Sears said. “I didn’t realize I’d won until I thought about it.”

Sears and his wife, Jane, intend to pay off bills with their windfall.

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.

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www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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