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$500K in winnings piled high for Atlanta cab driver

Friday, March 8, 2013

ATLANTA – An Atlanta man is ecstatic over a half-million dollar Georgia Lottery prize. Jose Ibarra, 54, matched all five winning numbers from the Feb. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning a $500,092 prize.

“I stayed up late to watch my numbers,” he said. “I saw the balls fall, and I didn’t sleep at all.”

Winning numbers from the Feb. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 2-11-13-20-22.

Hurt Food Mart, 1401 Hurt Road in Austell, sold the lucky ticket. The second jackpot winning ticket was sold in Smyrna.

“It was something that I didn’t believe. I was shaky,” Ibarra said.

A cab driver, Ibarra now is considering retirement.

“I feel good about it,” he said. “I can pay off bills and buy a house.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14 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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