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College Park man grabs $500K in Barnesville

Monday, December 17, 2012

ATLANTA – A trip to Lamar County has directed one metro Atlantan to a half-million dollar prize. Leroy Cruse of College Park won a $500,000 top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Cash Vault.

Cruse, 70, was with his son in Barnesville when he stopped at Crossroad, located at 623 Highway 341 S., where he purchased the ticket.

“I saw $500, and said ‘No!’ When I saw $500,000, I went ballistic,” the great-grandfather of four said.

Cruse is a retired electrician, who also has 11 grandchildren and two adult sons. He feels wonderful over winning his prize.

“I’ll get a new golf cart – an electric one,” he shared. “They pull like a mule.”

Cruse also anticipates paying off his home mortgage.

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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