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Dye Worker Sees Green with $77,777 Lottery Win

Monday, August 15, 2005

ATLANTA – Merle Bennett, a supervisor at Meridian Dye, is seeing green after an exciting Georgia Lottery win. Mr. Bennett played the instant game 7 Times The Money and won the $77,777 top prize.

“I was crying and hollering,” says Mr. Bennett, a resident of Sugar Valley. “It was like a dream all day.”

Mr. Bennett, 44, will use his winnings to pay bills and pay off his home. He also plans to have a little fun. “I’m going to take my buddies out for a night on the town.”

Georgia Lottery retailer Blake’s Grocery sold the lucky ticket. Blake’s Grocery is located at 3035 Sugar Valley Rd. in Sugar Valley.

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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