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Man Celebrates Lifetime Lottery Win Playing Win for Life

Thursday, August 10, 2006

ATLANTA – Recently, James Bates decided to take a drive and when he stopped for gas, he also purchased a ticket for the Aug. 2 Win for Life drawing. The trip turned out to be a lucky one, and Mr. Bates won the top prize of $1,000 a week for life, which totals $52,000 a year.

The winning numbers for the Win for Life drawing on Aug. 2 were: 8-9-16-20-26-37 and the Free Ball was 31.

The 44-year-old found out that he matched all six numbers when he checked the Georgia Lottery Web site. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Mr. Bates explained. “I asked my son to check too.”

Mr. Bates, a resident of Pickens, S.C., works for Michelin. He purchased his winning ticket at Dad’s Restaurant #0002, located at 5061 Whitworth Rd. in Lavonia.

To date, 13 players have won Win for Life’s incredible top prize of $1,000 a week for life. Twenty-six Georgia Lottery players have won the game’s amazing second prize of $1,000 a week for a year, adding up to $52,000 each, for a total of more than $1.3 million.

Win for Life drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Each Win for Life ticket costs $1.

Win for Life is a multi-state game played in Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky. As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Win for Life will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.4 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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