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Dharmendra Patel shows off the check for his recent win in the Georgia Lottery.

One Tifton man is still shaking with laughter and excitement since winning a Georgia Lottery prize. Dharmendra Patel, 47, won a top prize of $2,012 a week for a year playing 2012 Cash Jubilee, a prize totaling $104,624.

Patel said he purchased the ticket last year during the holidays and waited to collect his prize.

“I held onto this ticket awhile,” he shared. “I didn’t want to get too excited, and I want to spend it wisely.”

Patel purchased his lucky ticket at Southside CITGO, 127 Tifton-Eldorado Road in Tifton, and scratched it at home.

“My wife kept telling me to buy it, and finally I bought it,” he said.

Patel and his wife, Beena, have two children.

Asked how he plans to spend the money, he said, “We don’t have plans, but we’ll probably put it toward the kids’ education.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has brought in more than $13.1 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million four-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., visit www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.

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