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Cairo Lottery winner feels a burden lifted

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Jon Prater says the load he was carrying is now a bit lighter Jon Prater says the load he was carrying is now a bit lighter
Ankit Patel says people have been pouring in Ankit Patel says people have been pouring in
The ticket was bought at Suzie Q's The ticket was bought at Suzie Q's
CAIRO, GA (WALB) -

A trip to Wild Adventures is made 10 times better when a Cairo man discovers he's almost a quarter million dollars richer, thanks to playing Fantasy Five.    

Jon Prater, who says he loves his boat-building job, says the load he was carrying is now a bit lighter, $243,000 lighter to be exact, after winning Saturday's Fantasy Five drawing.  

"Everybody has hard times and we we're kind of in a slump lately, and it came in when we needed it," Prater said.  

The husband and father of four says he thought nothing of it when he picked up the ticket at Susie Q's, but boy was the couple surprised when they checked the numbers while headed for some family fun at Wild Adventures, and discovered that every number lined up perfectly.  

"At first I thought she was playing a trick on me, but we pulled over and checked again, and realized that we had won. We told the kids we had to turn around real quick..."  

The couple stashed the ticket in a safe place, and enjoyed their visit to the amusement park less stressed than they we're before, they say it hasn't really sunk in yet.

"I've been going to work every day, so my routine hasn't changed much, but every once in a while I keep thinking I'm going to kind of wake up; you know it's maybe just a dream."  

The owner of the store that sold the winning ticket, Ankit Patel, says people have been pouring in, hoping that they're next in line to live the dream.  

"They think they're going to be lucky buying from this store, all the tickets, scratch-offs, Fantasy Five, and Mega Millions.  You never know, you can get lucky anytime," Patel aid.  

Prater say's he won't let this big win hook him on playing often, but if he gets the lucky feeling again he'll go for it.   "Stop at the gas station and we kind of feel it, then yes we'll buy a ticket," Prater said.

 

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