Wednesday, July 13, 2005
ATLANTA – Mark Blair is enjoying a half-million dollar surprise. Mr. Blair purchased a Jumbo Jumbo Bucks ticket and won the Georgia Lottery instant game’s $500,000 top prize.
The Georgia Lottery is scheduled to award Mr. Blair with his check for a half-million dollars during a special ceremony on Thursday, July 14 at 11 a.m. The check presentation ceremony will be held at Georgia Lottery retailer BP, where Mr. Blair purchased his winning Jumbo Jumbo Bucks ticket. BP is located at 1194 Franklin Rd. in Marietta.
The Mableton resident scratched the ticket in his car and immediately realized that he won the top prize. “I started honking the horn and beating on the door,” Mr. Blair recalls.
The 49-year-old mechanic plans to put his winnings in the bank. He will continue to play the lottery because “somebody’s gotta win.” He also plays to support the HOPE scholarship, which sent two of his nephews to the University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology.
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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