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Retired Bus Driver Wins $225,000 Playing Bah Humbucks

Monday, November 13, 2006

ATLANTA – It's the most wonderful time of the year for a retired bus driver. Fredi Townsend played the Georgia Lottery instant game Bah Humbucks and won one of the game's $225,000 top prizes.

Andy's Discount Stop #0005, located at 1409 Gloucester St. in Brunswick, sold the winning ticket. Townsend scratched her ticket while standing outside of the store.

"I couldn't believe it. I had to go back inside the store and ask the clerk if my eyes were fooling me!" Townsend exclaims. "I almost dropped to the floor. My legs just got weak."

Townsend, 51, has four children and 13 grandchildren. With the holiday season here and her December birthday approaching, Townsend says her lottery win came at the perfect time.

"I'm going to buy a new house," she shares. "I'm also going to give my grandchildren a great Christmas."

Townsend resides in Miami, Fla. She was visiting her sister, a resident of Brunswick, when she purchased her lucky ticket.

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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