Charles Green, 40, played the instant game 20X The Money and won a $400,000 top prize.
"I was waiting in the car for my friend to get a haircut," Green said. "I decided to go and get a ticket while I waited."
Money Back #0030, 320 Commerce Ave. in LaGrange, sold the winning ticket.
"I scratched the ticket in the store, and it surprised me," he said. "I went back to the barber shop, and my friend and I looked at it again and again."
Excited about his windfall, the lucky winner anticipates purchasing a new home.
"I'm excited," said Green, who works as a machine operator.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.7 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit: www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com
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