A South Georgia man plays the lottery and becomes an instant millionaire. He's happy to have the money, not for himself, but so he can help his daughter.
Buying a ticket for the Georgia Lottery's 20th Anniversary Extravaganza game made Donald Reeves $1 million richer.
Reeves bought the ticket last Wednesday at R & R Quick Stop in Moultrie. He says it's rare for him to buy lottery tickets, but the store owner persuaded him.
"I think that God worked through him to tell me to buy that ticket. Now people going to say Deacon Reeves you in the church but he said "Come, come, you buy it, and I bought it," said Donald Reeves.
When he first saw that he had a winning ticket, he needed to make sure what he was seeing was real, so he asked the store owner to take a look at the ticket.
"He didn't know what was going on. So I asked him to look at it. "Do you see what I see and he said yes," said Reeves.
The extra money will certainly help. Reeves says his daughter is battling Multiple Sclerosis and he plans to use the money to help with her medical expenses.
"I knew God was going to bless me to be able to take care of her. People don't believe me when I say that but I'll tell anybody. He was going to bless me. And he did. I didn't know he was going to do it like that, but he did," said Reeves.
Reeves plans to continue to work his two jobs and he says he already has everything he needs. He just wants to make sure his daughter is okay.
"I'll be turning 58 in a couple days. My main concern is to take care of my daughter," said Donald Reeves.
Before winning the $1 million, Donald Reeves also won $500 on the lottery, all in the same day.
The R & R Quick Stop sold a winning lottery ticket 10 years ago worth $50,000.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 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 pre kindergarten program.
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