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      $10,000 grows from Mega Millions ticket for Seminole County farmer

      61-year-old Stephen Houston of Donalsonville matched four numbers and the Mega Ball in the historic Mega Millions lottery drawing.

      A Seminole County farmer has sacked a slice of the record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. Stephen Houston of Donalsonville matched the first four winning numbers plus the Mega Ball in the March 30 drawing, netting a $10,000 prize.

      He was one of 48 Georgia Lottery players statewide to win a $10,000 prize and one of three winners to purchase winning tickets in south Georgia.

      Winning numbers from the historic drawing were: 2-4-23-38-46 and the Mega Ball was 23.

      Super B Express #0001, 410 W. Crawford St. in Colquitt, sold the winning ticket. Other $10,000 winning Mega Millions tickets in south Georgia were sold in Donalsonville and Leesburg.

      Houston said he was asleep during the drawing and discovered his win Sunday night.

      I took it to the store and the clerk said he couldn TMt pay me, the father of eight explained. I knew I had the Mega Ball, but the clerk said, ~You TMve got more than that! TM

      Houston, who celebrates his 61st birthday Tuesday, is happy to have won the prize, but it wasn TMt a great shock, he said.

      A farmer with 1,800 acres of peanuts, cotton, corn and wheat said that purchasing a ticket was worth it. I TMll give it to my wife, Houston said. He and his wife have seven grandchildren in addition to their eight children.