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Lula man stops for ice cream, scoops $500,000

Monday, February 26, 2007

ATLANTA – A Lula man, who took a trip to a local convenience store to buy ice cream, left with a $500,000 top prize from the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.

Roger Hall, 44, purchased the winning ticket at East Hall Food Mart, 4590 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville.

"My adrenaline has been going ever since I bought the ticket," said Hall, a painter. "When I saw that I'd won, I wanted to pass out."

The father of four shared the news with his children and wife, Joanne. The couple celebrated their fifth anniversary Feb. 15.

With his winnings, Hall said he plans to "help those who have helped me."

"We like Lula, so we'll buy a house there," he said. "I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming."

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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