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Atlanta fisherman reels in $1 million lottery top prize

Thursday, March 8, 2007

ATLANTA – An avid Atlanta fisherman has caught a large lottery prize. Roland Hubbard, 38, won $1 million playing the Georgia Lottery instant game $200 Million Cash Spectacular.

Hubbard, a telecommunications analyst for the Southern Company, said he was angling for fish in Carroll County with his 11-year-old son when he stopped for sodas and purchased the winning ticket.

Stop ‘N Shop Express, 10 W. Ga. Highway 5, in Whitesburg sold the lucky ticket.

“I was jumping up and down in the store,” he said. “The retailer shook my hand.”

Hubbard and his wife, LaTonya, have two children ages 13 and 11.

He said he has not yet decided how he’ll spend his winnings.

“Winning is a shocking feeling,” he said.

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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