Wednesday, July 11, 2012
ATLANTA – Traveling came to a standstill for one farm worker as he picked a half-million dollar prize playing an instant game from the Georgia Lottery. Edras Joseph, who travels the Eastern Seaboard harvesting vegetables and fruits, won a $500,000 prize playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.
Joseph, 56, and his wife, Yolette Ulyssee, were heading North on a bus from Palm Beach, Fla., when they purchased their lucky ticket in Bainbridge.
According to Joseph, the experience was moving.
“The bus stopped at a gas station, so we decided to play a ticket,” he explained. “I scratched it in the store, and I jumped for joy. My dreams have come true.”
Mr. Pipp’s Convenience Store, 875 Colquitt Highway in Bainbridge, sold the winning ticket.
Joseph claimed his prize Tuesday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.
The lucky winner, who has worked as a farm worker for 34 years, intends to continue working and wants to assist his family and friends.
“I’m happy,” Joseph exclaimed.
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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