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Baxley Resident Gets $145,000 Birthday Surprise

Thursday, November 3, 2005

ATLANTA – James Baker decided to celebrate his birthday by playing the Georgia Lottery. He bought a Wild 10’s instant game ticket and won the $145,000 top prize.

The Baxley resident had to look at the ticket more than once after scratching it. “I had to look at it two or three times,” Mr. Baker explained.

Mr. Baker also showed his ticket to his nephew. “He had to look at it a couple times too,” the 58-year-old added.

Mr. Baker plans to use his winnings to pay bills and buy a home.

The winning ticket was purchased at Discount Corner Store. The store is located at 554 E. Parker St. in Baxley.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.8 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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