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Roofer Tacks on $1 Million Georgia Lottery Win

Monday, November 14, 2005

ATLANTA – Roofer Sterling Bennett Jr. is laying down a million-dollar Georgia Lottery win. He played $200 Million Cash Spectacular and won the instant game’s $1 million top prize.

Mr. Bennett found out he was a winner while standing in the store where he purchased the ticket. “I told the clerk, and he was so excited for me,” Mr. Bennett said.

The 45-year-old shared the great news with his wife, Joyce, who immediately went home to celebrate with her husband.

The Bennetts are the proud parents of two children, including one who attended lottery-funded prekindergarten.

Mr. Bennett is the owner of Sterling Bennett’s Roofing Inc. The McDonough resident plans to use his winnings to pay bills.

Shell Food Mart, located at 2240 Hwy. 42 in McDonough, sold Mr. Bennett his lucky winning ticket.

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 including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Prekindergarten Program. More than 900,000 students have received HOPE Scholarships, and more than 700,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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