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Chicken Plant Worker Hatches $1 Million Lottery Win

Thursday, April 21, 2005

ATLANTA – Merrill Wilson, a chicken plant security chief from Lula, is Georgia’s newest millionaire. Mr. Wilson played $100 Million Cash Spectacular and won the Georgia Lottery instant game’s $1 million top prize.

Circle K #2305, located on Hwy. 365 in Lula, sold the lucky ticket.

Mr. Wilson scratched the ticket in the store. “I immediately knew!” exclaims Mr. Wilson. “I looked at it umpteen times. It almost takes your breath away.”

According to Mr. Wilson, the store employees celebrated with him. “The clerks get about as excited as you do. The manager hugged me.”

Mr. Wilson, a United States Department of Defense retiree, currently works at Pilgrim’s Pride. The 55-year-old will use his winnings to pay bills and to supplement his nest egg.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.4 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.


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