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Explosive specialist wins a dynamite $30,000

Thursday, February 15, 2007

ATLANTA – Valentine's Day was a blast for a 78-year-old explosive specialist from Clayton. Ed Smith played the Georgia Lottery instant game Fat Cat and won a $30,000 top prize.

"Georgia Lottery games are a lot of fun," said Smith, who claimed his winnings on Valentine's Day.

Smith purchased his lucky ticket at Clayton Food Mart, 17 Highway 441 N., Clayton.

According to Smith, he plans to save most of his winnings. But first, "I'm going to buy some flowers for my sweetheart for Valentine’s Day."

In 1999, Smith won $500,000 playing the instant game Happy Holidays. He purchased that winning ticket in Lawrenceville.

"I'm just a positive thinker," Smith said of his lottery luck.

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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