Lo­cal wins $1 mil­lion in lot­tery

CITGO on U.S. High­way 278 sold the winning ticket

The Covington News - - Front Page - By Michelle Kim

New­ton County found it­self with a new mil­lion­aire af­ter a Cov­ing­ton man won a Ge­or­gia Lot­tery scratch-off game.

Randy Nol­ley, 50, said he had oc­ca­sion­ally played in the lotto, but had never won any large amount of money be­fore.

“It’s not a reg­u­lar thing,” he said, of buy­ing the $20 scratch- off ticket. “ Ev­ery­body was talk­ing about it, so I de­cided to try.”

When Nol­ley took the ticket home and scratched it off, he couldn’t be­lieve it.

“I dropped to the floor," he said. "I thought I was go­ing to have a heart at­tack."

He showed it to his wife, who started scream­ing and jump­ing up and down.

Nol­ley claimed his prize Tues­day, de­cid­ing to ac­cept a lump-sum, which re­duced it by about a third, he said. He was the sec­ond re­ported win­ner of the Ge­or­gia Lot­tery’s 15th An­niver­sary Mil­lion­aire Ex­trav­a­ganza game, ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia Lot­tery Web site.

Nol­ley said he hadn’t made any pur­chases or plans yet of what to do with the money, but that he would con­tinue his job as a hospi­tal equip­ment ster­il­izer at CR Bard where he’s worked for 29 years.

His fam­ily was ex­cited for him, he said, es­pe­cially his 10-year-old grand­son.

“He said, ‘I’m go­ing to have a good Christ­mas!’” Nol­ley re­called, laugh­ing.

His co-work­ers and neigh­bors have also been con­grat­u­la­tory and friendly, he said.

“ I told my wife, ev­ery­body knows me now, ev­ery­body’s be­ing nice,” he said.

Man­ish Lakhani, man­ager of the CITGO Food Mart on U. S. High­way 278 that sold the winning ticket, said he had been think­ing of buy­ing a ticket that day but didn’t.

“ It was my wife’s birth­day,” he said. “ I should have kept it as a gift, but it was his luck.”

Ticket sell­ers don’t re­ceive a pay­ment for scratch- off game win­nings, said Lakhani, only games like MegaMil­lions. He noted that his ticket sales have in­creased since peo­ple found out the winning ticket was sold there.

NOL­LEY

Michelle Kim/The Cov­ing­ton News

Lucky cashier: Man­ish Lakhani sold the winning ticket to Randy Nol­ley at the CITGO on U.S. High­way 278.

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