A Macon man celebrates after winning $500,000 from the Georgia Lottery after playing the Jumbo Jumbo Bucks instant game.
Tony Bailey said he walked in and "just bought one," at the Express Food Mart, on 4555 Mercer University Drive in Macon, that got him a new half-million dollar prize.
Bailey said his new winnings will go toward a new house for he and his family of two children.
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Auto detailing professional polishes $500K in Macon
ATLANTA - A Macon man is admiring his shiny, new half-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery. Tony Bailey, an auto detailing professional, won a $500,000 top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.
"I just went in and bought one," said Bailey, 47. "I didn't believe it at first."
Express Food Mart, 4555 Mercer University Drive in Macon, sold the winning ticket, and the lucky winner scratched it in the store.
"I said, 'This can't be real,' " the father of two recalled. "I was on my lunch break, so I went back to work."
With his winnings, Bailey plans to buy a new house.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14 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.