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Construction Worker Loads Up $177,000 Ruby Red 7’s Top Prize

Sunday, July 24, 2005

ATLANTA- Alabama resident Albert Blackburn is one of the many players from neighboring states who take part in the fun and excitement of Georgia Lottery games. The Mentone, Ala. resident recently played Ruby Red 7’s and won the instant game’s $177,000 top prize.

Mr. Blackburn scratched the ticket in the store where he purchased it and he verified it with the store clerk. “We all had to look at it two or three times to believe that I’d won,” Mr. Blackburn said.

The 45-year-old construction worker plans to use his winnings to pay bills.

The winning ticket was purchased at B J Food Mart #0002. The store is located at 12510 Hwy 48 in Cloudland.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.6 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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