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Thomasville woman wins $400K; welcomes 2nd lottery prize

Thursday, September 19, 2013

ATLANTA – One lucky Thomasville woman has scored a second windfall from the Georgia Lottery. Linda Huckans, 70, won a $400,000 top prize playing the instant game $400,000 Bonanza.

Huckans was excited to win a $250,000 prize in 2011 and considers her second win memorable.

She claimed her prize Sept. 11 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.

While grocery shopping at Publix Super Market #0476, 2551 E. Pinetree Blvd. in Thomasville, Huckans purchased the ticket.

“I put it in my purse and scratched it in the car,” she said. “I looked around, signed the back of the ticket, and drove home to show my son, who said, ‘That’s unbelievable!’”

The lucky lottery winner won her quarter-million dollar prize playing a different Georgia Lottery instant game while gassing up in Albany.

With that windfall, she retired from working as an office manager for a manufacturing company.

Her $400,000 prize will allow her to finish remodeling her home and make plans for her children.

“It’s incredible,” Huckans exclaimed.

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

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F 404.215.8983
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