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Pipe Welder Seals $500,000 King Kong Win

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

ATLANTA – Pipe welder Michael Shane Cummings recently sealed a King Kong-sized lottery win. He played King Kong, a Georgia Lottery instant game, and won the $500,000 top prize.

After scratching his ticket, Mr. Cummings was so surprised that he doesn’t remember how he reacted. “I probably said a lot,” the LaGrange resident explained. “But I don’t remember what exactly.”

Mr. Cummings does recall how eager he was to share the good news. “I was crying when I called my cousin,” he said. “He called me back to make sure that I was OK.”

The 25-year-old plans to use his winnings to buy a truck and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Mr. Cummings purchased his winning ticket at Shell Food Mart #0003, located at 2750 Roanoke Rd. in LaGrange.

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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