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Here Comes the Groom with a $500,000 Lottery Win

Monday, November 7, 2005

ATLANTA – Bells are still ringing for a recent groom who is celebrating a half-million dollar Georgia Lottery win. Roberto Contreras played the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and won the $500,000 top prize.

It’s been an exciting year for Mr. Contreras, 32. He relocated to Georgia from North Carolina during the spring. He married his wife Lilia just over a month ago. Now he and his new bride are starting their lives together as Georgia Lottery winners.

Angler’s Corner, located at 5425 Buford Hwy. in Doraville, sold the lucky ticket.

According to Mr. Contreras, he scratched his ticket while stopped at a traffic light. “I was freaked out,” he says laughing. “The driver beside me asked if I was OK.”

Mr. Contreras immediately called his wife to share the news even though he was almost home. “I was five minutes from the house, but it felt like it was two hours before I got home.”

Mr. Contreras, a Roswell resident, owns a restaurant in North Carolina and plans to open one in Georgia with his winnings.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.8 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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