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A winning sendoff: Gainesville groom-to-be notches $7M

Friday, November 9, 2012

ATLANTA – A $7 million prize from the Georgia Lottery will sweeten a Hall County man’s plan for eternal bliss. Cody Locantro of Gainesville, who plans to wed his longtime girlfriend, was selected as a winner from the Oct. 30 $7 Million Jackpot Extra Chance Promotion, winning a $7 million prize.

Georgia Lottery representatives presented Locantro, 35, with an oversized check Thursday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

“We’re engaged, but we haven’t set a date,” he said.

Georgia Lottery players submitted non-winning tickets from the instant game $7 Million Jackpot for entry into the drawing.

Family and friends called Locantro to share the good news following the results of the televised drawing.

“I didn’t believe it,” he said. “It’s a lot to take in.”

Locantro, who works at a manufacturing plant, anticipates planning for his family’s future.

“We have a 3-year-old son, so I want to set up a trust fund for school,” he shared.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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