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Cairo man captures $1M lottery win

Friday, January 17, 2014

ATLANTA – A Cairo man has picked up an instant $1 million Georgia Lottery prize. Clinton Thomas, who recently celebrated his 24th birthday, played the instant game $1,000,000 Gold Rush, winning a $1 million top prize.

Cairo Food Mart, 1010 U.S. Highway 84 W. in Cairo, sold the winning ticket.

Thomas, who scratched his lucky ticket while in the store, said he couldn’t believe it.

“I was looking for a camera because I felt like it couldn’t be real,” he said. “I don’t know how to feel. I’m still in shock.”

With his winnings, Thomas anticipates paying off bills, financially assisting his parents and saving the remainder.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 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 1.3 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

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