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Blakely farmer bales with $50,000 in lottery winnings

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ATLANTA – One Blakely farmer has stumbled upon a special kind of seed. Paul Allen, 73, won a $50,000 top prize playing the popular Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic.

Krishna Food Store, 910 N. Main St. in Blakely, sold the lucky ticket.

“I was at home when I scratched it,” Allen said. “When I looked at it, I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

The lucky great-grandfather works part-time on a farm, driving a tractor.

Retirement is not an option even after Allen’s windfall.

“I don’t have any plans really,” he shared. “I’m just happy I won.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $11.9 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 1.25 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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