CAIRO, GA (WALB) - Charles Clark, a semi-truck driver from Cairo, won a $477,777 top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game The 777 Series.
Clark claimed his prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton after purchasing the lucky ticket on Friday the 13th, a day he considers to be lucky.
"Both of my granddaughters were born on that day, and my fuel No. is 13," said Clark, 59. "Thirteen is a lucky number for me."
Having left work for the day, the lucky grandfather stopped at Cairo Food Mart, 1010 U.S. Highway 84 W. in Cairo, where he purchased an instant ticket that produced a free ticket.
"I got two tickets, and the second ticket won," he said. "I had to get it scanned. I didn't believe it."
With a total of three grandchildren, Clark has two adult children and feels "great" about winning his prize.
"I can take care of some bills," he shared. "I'm taking my aunt and uncle to Biloxi."
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.7 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 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.