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Car Salesman Drives His Way to a $100,000 Lottery Win

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

ATLANTA- Car salesman Thomas Lee Leatherwood is accustomed to looking at shiny paint jobs and luxurious interiors. However, he thought his eyes were deceiving him when he saw the gleam from a top prize winning ticket. Mr. Leatherwood played Big Bucks, a Georgia Lottery instant game, and won $100,000.

“I scratched it at home,” Mr. Leatherwood explained. “Then I went outside and looked at it in a different light.”

The Cochran resident not only checked with his wife, Sondra, but he also verified the ticket with a clerk at the store where he purchased it.

The 42-year-old plans to use his winnings to pay bills and buy a new car. He is also the proud father of two children, both of whom attended lottery-funded prekindergarten programs.

Cochran Bait and Tackle, located at 212 N. Second St. in Cochran, sold Mr. Leatherwood his winning ticket.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.6 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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