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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

DOWNTOWN ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many South Georgians spent the afternoon hoping five bucks would turn into a million in downtown Albany.

10,000 rubber turtles raced down the water-steps at the Flint RiverQuarium for the big prize.

Each turtle was numbered and adopted for five dollars before the race.

No one won the one million dollars, but four others walked away with great prizes.

Organizers sold more than 8,000 of the turtles to raise money for the Flint RiverQuarium.

"10,000 turtles we adopted 8,158 we had to cut off adoptions at 3PM because we were still putting them into the computer, but we still had people out wanting to adopt more, which was frustrating not being able to help," said Laura Calhoun, Event Chairperson

Gale Peterson from Albany won the $5,000 1st prize.

2nd, 3rd, and 4th places walked away with free gas for a year, free Chick-fil-A for a year, and an I-pod touch.

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