Timothy Byrd is carrying away a quarter-million dollar prize, courtesy of the Georgia Lottery. Mr. Byrd, a resident of East Ridge, won a $250,000 prize playing the instant game Millionaire Jumbo Bucks.
Mr. Byrd claimed his prize Feb. 10 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton.
Mega Star Food Mart #0003, 1842 Mack Smith Road in Rossville, sold the winning ticket.
“I didn’t have my glasses with me, so I scanned it and showed it to the clerks,” he said. “Their eyes got big.”
A meat cutter, the lucky winner has one adult son.
“I’m going to pay off bills, and buy a new truck,” Mr. Byrd said.
The Georgia Lottery instant game Millionaire Jumbo Bucks is loaded with cash prizes, including top prizes of up to $5 million.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 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 four-year olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.