Thursday, December 8, 2005
ATLANTA - Warehouse worker Marvin McKenzie recently packed up a Georgia Lottery win. He played Giant Jumbo Bucks, an instant game, and won the top prize of $150,000.
The 49-year-old scratched the ticket while sitting in his car. “I couldn’t believe it,” Mr. McKenzie recalls. “I went and got my wife to look at it.”
Mr. McKenzie, a resident of Cordele, plans to use his winnings to pay off his house. He and his wife, Betty, are the parents of a HOPE scholar. Their daughter, Shinita, attends Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Cordele Grocery Store, located at 1310 S. Seventh St. in Cordele, sold the 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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