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Tifton truck driver wins $700k in Lottery

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Walter Thompson, 48, won $2,000 a week for life playing the Georgia Lottery instant game $2,000 A Week For Life.

The tow truck driver from Tifton chose the cash option, totaling $704,386.

E Z Mart, 3301 U.S. Highway 82 W. in Tifton, sold the winning ticket.

Initially amazed at his discovery, Thompson is excited about his winnings.

“It doesn't seem real, but I guess it's real,” he said.

The lucky winner picked up his prize June 5 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.

Thompson and his wife, Myra, say they will pay off their bills with the prize money.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.2 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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