Friday, June 29, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
John Sears of Norcrossposes with a check that represents his recent winnings from the Georgia Lottery.
NORCROSS -- Most people can only dream of cashing out on the odds that John Sears recently won.
Sears, 79, an insurance salesman from Norcross, bought two tickets in the Georgia Lottery's instant game, $100 Million Cash Blast, from a Publix store at 7736 Spalding Drive in Norcross on Thursday. He claimed his $1 million prize at the Georgia Lottery district office in Duluth.
"I just took two chances," Sears said. "I didn't realize I'd won until I thought about it."
Sears and his wife, Jane, intend to pay off bills with their winnings.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.4 billion to the state 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 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.