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Numbers from Afghanistan net $371K lottery win

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ATLANTA – A Douglasville woman has won a $371,516 Georgia Lottery prize with numbers she received from Afghanistan. Carol Hicks, 37, won the prize as one of two players to match all five winning numbers in the April 2 Fantasy 5 drawing.

“My husband called me from Afghanistan, and he asked me to play these numbers,” Hicks said.

Winning numbers from the drawing were: 1-6-10-17-39.

RaceTrac #0439, 5897 Fairburn Road in Douglasville, sold the winning ticket. The second jackpot winning ticket was sold in Ringgold.

“I thought it was an April Fools’ joke,” Hicks said. “I got my phone to check the results, wiped my eyes and screamed.”

Hicks’ husband works as a contractor in Afghanistan. The family anticipates paying off bills.

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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