Wednesday, August 22, 2012
ATLANTA – One man has won a refreshing Georgia Lottery prize while running an errand for his wife. Bruce Bahrman, 56, won a $50,000 top prize playing the popular instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic when he stopped for a gallon of milk.
Bahrman, who lives in Gaylesville, Ala., claimed his prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton. CITGO Fuel Center, 5646 Alabama Highway N.W. in Rome, sold the lucky ticket.
“I had just gotten off from work, and my wife told me to pick up a gallon of milk,” he explained. “I went outside and sat in the car where I scratched it. I couldn’t believe it.”
Surprised at the ticket, Bahrman initially considered the moment a fantasy.
“I said, ‘There’s no way!’ Then I stuffed the ticket down my shirt,” he said. “I had to get home quick.”
A sawmill operator, Bahrman plopped the ticket in front of his wife, Patricia.
“She was ecstatic, amazed. She couldn’t believe it,” he said.
The lucky couple intend to pay down their home mortgage and make auto repairs.
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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