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Calhoun winner rings in New Year with $2.5M

Sunday, January 7, 2007

ATLANTA – A Calhoun man is celebrating 2007 with $2.5 million after winning a top prize on the $300 Million Gold Rush instant game.

Ramon Perez Rivera, 24, said he and his younger brother had come from a restaurant when they stopped at Favorite Market #0025, 2958 Cleveland Road in Dalton, where he purchased the winning ticket.

"I'm bringing in the New Year with newfound fortune," Rivera said.

Rivera, an inspector for a local carpet company, first told his brother who was in disbelief. He plans to buy a house with his winnings, he said.

"We won't have to worry about many things," he said. "I'm grateful for that."

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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