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Pipe Fitter Wins $1 Million

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

ATLANTA – Pipe fitter Franklin Ray Jr. recently walked in to a store and left as a million-dollar Georgia Lottery winner. Mr. Ray won $10 playing an instant game, and he used his winnings to purchase a $300 Million Gold Rush ticket. The ticket was worth $1 million.

Mr. Ray's wife, Rita Faye, was the first to hear that he was Georgia's newest millionaire. "She said that she wouldn't believe it until she saw the check," the 43-year-old described.

Mr. Ray, a resident of Baxley, plans to save his winnings for retirement. "It's still sinking in," he added.

Amoco Food Mart, located at 12268 Columbia St. in Blakely, sold the lucky ticket.

$300 Million Gold Rush is a $10 game with 30 millionaires and the highest instant game top prize in Georgia history. The game offers over $304 million in total cash prizes including 10 top prizes of $2.5 MILLION, 20 $1 MILLION prizes, more than 19,600 prizes from $1,000 to $50,000, and over 498,000 prizes from $100 to $500.

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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