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April 16, 2008

Valdosta - Thurman Rowland paid $20.00 for scratch off ticket. And he won $1 million.

"I've basically been playing since I got here to Georgia. I just like to play. Just hoping I'd hit it big. And I finally did," Rowland says.

Wednesday he received that check, just days before his birthday. 

And now he's got some big presents in mind.  "I'm going to put it in the bank. I'm going to get a house and a car."

The house painter purchased the winning ticket Friday at Lowndes Beverage on East Park Avenue. He say's it's a routine he's done many times before but never with results like this!

"I had to look at it three times. Then I took it back into the store and let Raj look at it to make sure it's what it says it was," Rowland says.

"He said am I looking right? And I look at it three times and said, yeah! You won a million dollars," says Raj Patel, Manager of Lowndes Beverage.

The Georgia Lottery says the odds of winning the jackpot are one and over nine hundred thousand. But Rowland doesn't mind. He says he'll use his winnings to test his odds again.

Rowland says after he won he took a day off work. But despite being a millionaire, he expects to return to work this week.

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