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Carrollton fork lift driver unloads $500K prize

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ATLANTA – A Carrollton fork lift driver has unloaded a pallet packed with a half-million dollars from the Georgia Lottery. Walter Crowder, 63, had set his sights on winning the record Powerball jackpot but won a $500,000 top prize playing the new instant game $500,000 Green.

“I was buying Powerball tickets and then I bought this,” Crowder said. “I was in the store when I scratched it.”

USA Food Mart, 942 Alabama St. in Carrollton, sold the winning ticket.

Crowder has worked as a fork lift driver for 33 years and anticipates retiring soon. The lucky winner and his wife have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

“I want to take my time and be cool with this,” Crowder shared. “I’ll put this in a trust fund.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 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 1.2 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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