Monday, August 22, 2005
ATLANTA – Charles Jackson already considered himself to be quite lucky with a wife of 51 years along with seven children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Jackson got even luckier when he played the Georgia Lottery instant game Extreme Green and won the $50,000 top prize.
The winning ticket was purchased at Seymour’s Petro Donalsonville. The store is located at 102 W. Third St. in Donalsonville.
Mr. Jackson was with his wife, Linda, when he scratched the ticket in his car in front of the store. “I kept asking my wife to make sure because I couldn’t believe it,” he says. “I just hugged her. It was a wonderful feeling.”
Mr. Jackson, a resident of Grand Ridge, Fla., retired from the state of Florida as a steam fitter supervisor. In his spare time, the 69-year-old enjoys “just smiling at my wife and enjoying our time together.”
According to Mr. Jackson, he’s still considering how to use his winnings. “We just want to take care of it and enjoy it the best we can.”
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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