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Augusta Native Comes Home to $40,000 Instant Game Win

Sunday, March 26, 2006

ATLANTA – Augusta native John Reid travels from Texas regularly to visit family. Recently something unexpected happened during one of his trips. Mr. Reid bought a Fortune Teller instant game ticket and won the game’s $40,000 top prize.

The 58-year-old was at his brother’s house when he found out that he was a winner. “My brother said, ‘You hit the big one,’ ” Mr. Reid recalls.

The purchasing manager plans to save his winnings.

Mr. Reid, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, purchased his winning ticket at Pak N Go. The store is located at 1649 Olive Rd. in Augusta.

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