Store sells $500K lotto ticket

Published 2:35 pm Wednesday, July 11, 2012

EDRAS JOSEPH, a farm worker who travels the Eastern Seaboard in search of harvesting jobs, recently won $500,000 in the Georgia Lottery when he picked up a winning “Jumbo Jumbo Bucks” ticket at Mr. Pip’s convenience store in Decatur County.

Traveling came to a standstill for one farm worker as he picked a half-million dollar prize playing an instant game from the Georgia Lottery, according to a press release from the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

Edras Joseph, who travels the Eastern Seaboard harvesting vegetables and fruits, won a $500,000 prize playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks. Joseph, 56, and his wife, Yolette Ulyssee, were heading north on a bus from Palm Beach, Fla., when they purchased their lucky ticket in Bainbridge, at the Mr. Pip’s convenience store on U.S. Highway 27 North.

According to Joseph, the experience was moving.

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“The bus stopped at a gas station, so we decided to play a ticket,” he explained. “I scratched it in the store, and I jumped for joy. My dreams have come true.”

Joseph claimed his prize Tuesday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.
The lucky winner, who has worked as a farm worker for 34 years, intends to continue working and wants to assist his family and friends.

“I’m happy,” Joseph exclaimed.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $13.4 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 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.