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      Man wins $50K on scratch-off lottery ticket

      Priya Food Mart at 413 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. in Albany, sold the winning ticket.

      / Cody Long


      An Albany man is $50,000 richer after playing a Georgia Lottery instant game.

      Willie Payton played the popular Jumbo Bucks Classic instant game from the Georgia Lottery.

      Payton, 70, claimed his prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.

      "I just went in the store and bought a ticket," he said. "I was stunned."

      The lucky winner and his wife, Kaye, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

      With his winnings, Payton anticipates purchasing a new vehicle.

      Priya Food Mart at 413 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. in Albany, sold the winning ticket.

      Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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