Thursday, October 26, 2006
ATLANTA – Retirement day is even more memorable for a Ford assembly plant worker set to retire today. Jerome McInnis played the new Georgia Lottery instant game Bah Humbucks and became the first to win one of the game's $225,000 top prizes.
McInnis is a 13-year employee of the Ford assembly plant in Hapeville that is closing today.
"I elected to take the early retirement package," shares McInnis, a College Park resident. "This came at a great time. It's just exciting to win like this."
McInnis, 52, purchased his lucky ticket this morning when he stopped for gas. US Amoco (BP), located at 5097 Fayetteville Rd. in College Park, sold the ticket.
"I paid for the gas, but I was so excited that I drove off and forgot to get my gas," McInnis says.
According to McInnis, he plans to invest most of his winnings. "This will enable me to take care of everything."
Bah Humbucks is a $5 instant game with top prizes of $225,000. Bah Humbucks tickets went on sale on Tuesday, October 24.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.6 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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