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Special delivery: Retired postman packages $1M prize

Monday, March 3, 2014

ATLANTA – A retired U.S. Postal Service worker has put his stamp on a top prize from the Georgia Lottery. Eddie Beard of Buford won $1 million playing the Georgia Lottery’s 20th Anniversary Extravaganza.

Beard purchased his winning ticket from Wee Willy’s #0007, 1875 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Buford, and scratched it inside of the store.

“I was shocked,” said Beard, 71. “I wanted to go to sleep, but I was excited, of course.”

The lucky winner retired two years ago from working as a postman.

He has no plans yet for his windfall.

The Georgia Lottery’s 20th Anniversary Extravaganza is an instant game loaded with cash prizes, including top prizes of $1 million and $5 million.

Players can enter non-winning tickets into the 20th Anniversary Extravaganza Extra Chance Promotion for a second chance to win $5 million.

Visit www.galottery.com for more information.

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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