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Albany man finds 'Pot of Luck' worth $17,000

Thursday, February 8, 2007

ATLANTA – St. Paddy's Day has arrived early for an Albany man who played the Georgia Lottery instant game Pot of Luck. Shelly Randle Jr. won a $17,000 top prize on the St. Patrick's Day-themed game.

Randle's wife, Sharon, scratched the ticket and called him with the exciting news.

"I couldn't even understand her," Randle said laughing. "She was hollering and screaming."

Oasis #0368, 1301 S. Slappey Blvd. in Albany, sold the winning ticket.

In October 2006, Randle won $300,000 playing the instant game Money, Money, Money. He purchased that ticket at Mike's Tire Center in Albany.

"It's just unbelievable," Randle said of his lucky streak.

After the first win, Randle paid bills, bought a new truck, helped some family members and saved for retirement. Now the spray booth operator is one step closer to retirement.

"I would like to retire early and open a restaurant with my wife," Randle shared.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.8 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 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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