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Retired railroad worker from Americus crosses $1M prize

Friday, August 31, 2012

ATLANTA – An abundant windfall from the Georgia Lottery has rolled into town and a retired railroad worker from Americus was right on track in picking his prize. Clarence Laster, 61, won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game Georgia Millions.

“I bought the ticket, but I almost put it in the shredder,” Laster explained. “Something told me to look again.”

Danfair Express, 129 Highway 27 E. in Americus, sold the winning ticket.

Laster claimed his prize recently at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Columbus.

The grandfather of seven is ready to let off steam and unwind. Laster and his wife, Edna, have two adult children.

“It hadn’t hit me yet. I don’t know when it will,” he said. “It probably will happen when I spend my first dollar.”

The lucky winner also anticipates donating to a charity.

“I’ll be giving to my children, and I’ll get my brother a car,” 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.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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