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Brantley County grandfather sweeps $52K annual prize

Friday, April 25, 2014

ATLANTA – A stroke of luck has delivered a lifetime win for a Brantley County grandfather who played a Georgia Lottery instant game. Beryl Sweat of Hortense has won $52,000 a year playing the instant game $1,000 A Week For Life.

Sweat, 60, has selected the cash option, totaling $781,024 before taxes.

“I like the $1,000 A Week For Life instant ticket,” he explained. “It was raining that evening, and I got bored, so I went to the store.”

Friendly Express #0091, 19144 Highway 301 N. in Hortense, sold the winning ticket.

“I scratched it in my pickup, and I thought I’d won another ticket,” Sweat said. “I scratched it on off, and I feel pretty good.”

A grandfather of 10, Sweat has two adult children with his wife, Darlene.

Sweat intends to pay off bills with his windfall.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.3 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.

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