Wednesday, November 8, 2006
ATLANTA – A Cedartown man can jingle all the way this holiday season after winning a jumbo Georgia Lottery prize. Charles Pollard played the instant game Jingle Jumbo Bucks and became the first to win one of the game's $750,000 top prizes.
Shell Food & Tobacco Mart, located at 731 N. Main St. in Cedartown, sold the lucky ticket. Pollard scratched his ticket while parked in front of the store.
"I had to sit there for a while and look at the ticket," Pollard says. "I went inside the store to confirm that I won. Then I went back in the store about 10 minutes later to check again."
Pollard, 59, works in a can factory. He has three children and six grandchildren.
According to Pollard, he was already in the process of remodeling his home when he won Jingle Jumbo Bucks.
"I'm going to finish remodeling my home, buy a new car, and help out my three sons."
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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