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      Local man saves lives, wins lottery 6 months later

      Latham is a Georgia Lottery regular and said he's been playing tickets at Discount Tobacco on Southerfield Road for years before he won big.
      When Gary Latham bought a $5 Fantasy Five ticket last Wednesday in Americus, he instantly became more than $500,000 richer.Latham is a Georgia Lottery regular and said he's been playing tickets at Discount Tobacco on Southerfield Road for years before he won big.When Latham went into the store to check his ticket as he normally does, he says the owner started jumping up and down asking him if he knew what he won.Latham plans to keep his three jobs and his wife adds she'll keep hers, but they say they'll now be able to pay off some bills which relieves a huge burden in this economy.Latham is also using a bit of the money to buy his wife a new car but says they're not going to be like other winners who lose all of the money in no time.Latham's family says after he saved two disabled people from a burning home in the winter, they can't think of a more deserving man to win the money.

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