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Covington man wins $1M lottery

Covington resident Randy Nolley, 50, recently won a $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery's 15th Anniversary Millionaire Extravaganza instant game.

Nolley purchased his winning ticket at Citgo Food Mart located at 9123 U.S. Highway 278 in Covington.

When he scratched off the ticket at home and saw that he was a winner, "I dropped to the floor," Nolley said. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack."

The feeling of winning the lottery is unreal, the grandfather said. Nolley works as a hospital equipment sterilizer. He and his wife, Annie, have one adult son.

The couple have no immediate plans for their winnings.

Manish Lakhani is the clerk that sold the winning ticket to Nolley and he, too, was excited to learn that his customer was a big winner.

Lakani said he'd never sold a winning ticket amounting to that much before and he admitted to being a little envious.

"I wish it was me. It was in my hand and I gave it to him," he said.

While in some lottery games, store owners are eligible for a bonus when they sell a winning ticket, that is not the case with scratch-offs.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $10.1 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 million students have received HOPE, and more than 860,000 children have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.