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Columbus man nets $225K ‘Payout’

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ATLANTA – Jared Thomas of Columbus has picked a lucky Georgia Lottery ticket worth $225,000. Thomas won his top prize playing the instant game Cash Payout.

Quick Stop, 2206 Second Ave. in Columbus, sold the lucky ticket. Thomas, 21, scratched it at home.

“I said, ‘This can’t be right,’ ” he recalled. “I meditated on it. I was shocked.”

Feeling great over his windfall, Thomas anticipates purchasing a new home.

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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www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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