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Griffin Man Catches Fish and $50,000

Thursday, June 30, 2005

ATLANTA - Retiree Hildred Thigpen added more excitement to his favorite hobby by scratching an instant game ticket while fishing recently. Mr. Thigpen played $100 Million Cash Spectacular and won $50,000.

The Griffin resident was so amazed that he asked his sister, who was fishing with him at the time, to look at the ticket. “I couldn’t believe it,” he explained.

Mr. Thigpen traveled to the Georgia Lottery district office in Macon the following day to claim his winnings.

Mr. Thigpen will continue to enjoy his retirement with his wife Louise by traveling throughout the region and fishing.

Big Al’s Country Market, located at 1210 Ga. Highway 29 in Tarrytown, sold the winning ticket.

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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