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Thirsty Wife Helps Musician Hubby Win $150,000 on Giant Jumbo Bucks

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

ATLANTA – An Acworth musician is singing to the tune of $150,000 thanks to his thirsty wife. Jesus Vazquez was buying a soft drink for his wife, Marta, when she suggested that he play a Georgia Lottery instant game. After winning $10 on Giant Jumbo Bucks, he decided to buy another ticket and won the game’s $150,000 top prize.

Mr. Vazquez, lead singer of the band Mariachi Cocula, scratched the ticket in the retailer’s parking lot as his wife watched. “I stayed quiet, but she started jumping in the car and yelling,” he laughs.

The lucky ticket was purchased at Bells Ferry Shell, located at 6425 Bells Ferry Rd. in Woodstock.

Mr. Vazquez, 32, has already decided how to spend his winnings. “The first thing that I have in mind is to buy a house,” he shares. “Then I want to buy my wife a minivan and help my parents and her parents.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.


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