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Deputy Sheriff Nabs $500,000 Playing Big Bills

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

ATLANTA – A Dade County deputy sheriff has captured the half million dollar top prize on a Georgia Lottery instant game. Nathan Baker, 26, played Big Bills and won $500,000.

Georgia Lottery retailer Express Way sold the lucky ticket. Express Way is located at 4454 Hwy. 136 W. in Trenton.

According to Deputy Baker, he purchased the ticket on Friday night and scratched it in the store.

“I almost passed out. I thought my eyes were crossing,” he says. “It was just crazy in the store. Everybody was excited.”

Deputy Baker immediately called his mom, Phyllis Baker, with the good news. He also brought his mother along when claiming his prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters on Monday.

“I’m going to pay off some bills and just plan for my future,” Deputy Baker shares.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.


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