Retired Postal Worker Wins $50K in Lottery Scratch-Off

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A retired postal worker from Gray got his own delivery on Valentine's Day from the Georgia Lottery. Richard Jones won $50,000 from the Jumbo Bucks Classic instant win game.

That's a day after a  Central Georgia man won $500K in Macon.

He asked a friend to grab a ticket while at the Chevron Market on Riverside Drive in Macon. He scratched the winning ticket from the comfort of his own home after the friend returned the ticket to him.

Jones said he couldn't believe his prize and called his friend, who had delivered the ticket, to tell him the news.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service eight years ago and says he might make some dinner plans for Valentine's Day to celebrate his $50,000 prize.

Here's the full release from the Georgia Lottery:
Valentine's delivery: Retired postal worker wins $50K

ATLANTA - One retired postal worker has won a sweet Georgia Lottery prize on Valentine's Day. Richard Jones of Gray won a $50,000 top prize playing the popular instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic.

Jones claimed his prize Thursday at the Georgia Lottery's District Office in Macon.

"I friend of mine went to the store on his lunch break, and I gave him money to bring a ticket back," said, Jones, 49. "I scratched it at home."

After discovering his prize, Jones said he called his friend to share the good news of his windfall.

"I couldn't believe it. I feel great," the lucky winner said.

Jones, who retired from the U.S. Postal Service eight years ago, anticipates making Valentine's Day plans since winning his prize.

"I may go out to dinner," he shared.

Chevron Market, 1257 Riverside Drive in Macon, sold the lucky ticket.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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