NEWINGTON - A Newington resident was presented a $750,000 check from the Georgia Lottery last week, after playing the holiday-themed instant game Jingle Jumbo Bucks and winning the game's top prize.
Seventy-two-year-old Paul Hansen purchased the winning ticket at BP Gas & Convenience at 7922 Savannah Highway in Newington, according to a Georgia Lottery Corporation press release.
"I had the ticket in the pickup, and I looked at it and didn't believe it," he said. "It took me about an hour to realize it."
Hansen said it was hard to believe he had won such a grand prize - one that will change his life.
Hansen plans to pay off bills and retire from his job as a forklift driver, a job he has worked for the past 12 years.
"I'll buy a new pickup truck," he said, "and I'm going to buy my friends some things because they've been good to me."
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $12.1 billion to the state of Georgia for education, said Tandi Reddick, media relations manager for the Georgia Lottery Corp.
All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, Reddick said, including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Pre-K Program.