Valley man wins $500k playing Georgia Lottery - WRBL

Valley man wins $500k playing Georgia Lottery

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Just in time for the gift-giving season a A Valley, Ala. Man has won $500k playing the Georgia Lottery.

James Barber, 50, bought the winning ticket at in West Point, Ga. at West Point Stop & Go. Barber played the instant game 20X The Money-Holiday Edition and won the top prize.

"I just went in to play Cash 3, and I usually buy a couple of instant tickets," Barber said. "I scratched the ticket in my truck." In disbelief, the lucky winner showed his windfall to the store's clerks. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack," he said. "I was excited, and I had to look several times because there were so many zeros."

The father of three, who works for an automotive distributor, intends to financially help his parents and pay off his home mortgage.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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