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Coffee County groom-to-be says ‘I do’ to $400K prize

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ATLANTA – Although the wedding is in October, a groom-to-be from Coffee County already has unwrapped a special prize from the Georgia Lottery. Justin Merritt of Douglas won a $400,000 prize playing the instant game 20X The Money.

Merritt, 31, claimed his prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.

While buying a Coke, Merritt decided to purchase the ticket at BP Stop #0001, 921 Ward St. W. in Douglas.

“I was amazed,” Merritt described upon scratching it.

An X-ray technician, the lucky winner feels great about winning his prize.

“This will get us off to a nice start,” he shared.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 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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Kimberly Starks
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