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Electrician jolted by $125,000 Georgia Lottery win

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

ATLANTA – A helper electrician was shocked by a recent Georgia Lottery win. James Barnes Jr. played the instant game Happy Mother's Day and won a $125,000 top prize.

"This feels really good. Excellent!" said Barnes, 49.

Dipam Mini Mart, located at 1516 Montgomery St. in Savannah, sold the ticket.

Barnes, a resident of Saint Helena Island, S.C., was visiting Savannah with his brother when he stopped for gas.

"I was getting gas and decided to buy a ticket," Barnes said. "I scratched it while my gas was pumping, and I couldn't believe it."

According to Barnes, he will use his winnings to supplement his lifestyle.

"I'm going to use it as I see needed," he explained.

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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