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Luck links Effingham County man to $1M win

Thursday, August 1, 2013

ATLANTA – An Effingham County nurse has scored a $1 million Georgia Lottery prize in Port Wentworth. David West of Springfield played the instant game 50X The Money, winning a $1 million top prize.

The lucky winner claimed his prize recently at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Savannah.

West, 57, purchased his lucky ticket at Flash Foods #0146, 7308 Highway 21 in Port Wentworth.

“It was a lucky day,” West said. “I was on my way home from work, and I stopped and scratched it in the car.”

The father of five stared at the ticket in disbelief.

“I told my wife, and she didn’t believe it,” he said. “We’re very excited. I’m very happy.”

West and his wife, Theresa, have no immediate plans for the winnings.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.6 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

P 404.215.5062
F 404.215.8983
media [at] galottery [dot] org

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