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Jonesboro man kicks off New Year with $400K prize

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Winner scores $10K in 2011; wife wins $5K in 2011

ATLANTA – A Clayton County man rang in 2013 with a $400,000 win from the Georgia Lottery. Bobby Benjamin of Jonesboro purchased the instant ticket 20X The Money on New Year’s Eve and won a $400,000 top prize.

Benjamin and his wife, Sharon, claimed the prize Wednesday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

“I feel great – better than Tony the Tiger,” the 65-year-old exclaimed.

SS Food Mart, located at 4511 Campbellton Road S.W. in Atlanta, sold the winning ticket.

The grandfather of 10 stopped for a money order and scratched the lottery ticket in his car. Benjamin drove home to share the good news with his family.

“I handed my wife the ticket, and we all started dancing,” he said.

For Benjamin and his wife, lottery luck has come around more than once. The lucky couple won a $10,000 prize in 2010 and a $5,000 prize in 2011 from other instant tickets.

Married 45 years, the Benjamins have five adult children.

“I don’t have any plans now,” Benjamin shared. “We’re going to wait and see how everything unfolds.”

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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