Wednesday, May 8, 2013
ATLANTA – A 79-year-old great-grandfather from Jesup is celebrating a win from the Georgia Lottery. Leland Smith won a $100,000 prize playing the Monopoly Millionaire instant game.
“I buy one or two every now and then,” said Smith, who has 12 great-grandchildren. “I took one home, and today was the lucky day!”
The winning numbers “popped up” and Smith and his wife, Faye, “almost had a fit.”
“I told my daughter, and at first, she didn’t believe me,” Smith said. “My wife almost had a heart attack.”
In addition to 12 great-grandchildren, the Smiths have four adult children and 13 grandchildren.
“I want to buy a new lawnmower, a new car and pay off bills,” Smith shared.
Friendly Express #0002, 210 Highway 301 S. in Jesup, sold the winning ticket.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 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.
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