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Landscaper Celebrates Birthday with $177,000 Lottery Win

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

ATLANTA – A landscaper raked in some lottery luck on his birthday. Albert Van Maanen played the Georgia Lottery instant game Triple Lucky 7’s and won the game’s $177,000 top prize.

“It was a heck of a birthday present!” exclaims Mr. Van Maanen, who celebrated his 48th birthday on Monday, May 9.

Georgia Lottery retailer Mega Star Food Mart #0001, located at 11320 Hwy. 41 in Ringgold, sold the winning ticket.

According to Mr. Van Maanen, he scratched the lucky ticket in the store. He thought he won but asked the clerk, “Can you check this? Is it any good?” The clerk confirmed the great news, and Mr. Van Maanen’s birthday celebration got even more exciting.

Mr. Van Maanen, a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., operates a lawn service business. He plans to invest his Georgia Lottery winnings.

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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