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Retired drywall finisher taps $400K lottery prize

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ATLANTA – A retired drywall finisher was floored after winning a plentiful prize from the Georgia Lottery. William Smith of Blairsville won a $400,000 top prize playing the instant game Lucky Streak.

Smith, 59, was with his wife, Debra, while on the way to a relative’s house. They stopped at Rebels Pantry #0009, 430 Young Harris Highway 76 in Blairsville, where Smith purchased the lucky ticket.

“I was sitting in the car, and I scratched it off,” he recalled. “I don’t believe this! It feels good.”

With an adult daughter, Smith anticipates using his winnings to look toward the family’s future.

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.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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