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Pipe fitter wins $1 million playing Georgia Lottery scratch game

Georgia LotteryGeorgia Lottery: Pipe fitter wins $1 million playing Georgia Lottery scratch game

What would you do with a million dollars? We all ponder the question at some point, but an Appling County, Georgia, couple actually has to figure it out for real.

Dell and Rita Ray of Baxley picked up their check for $1 million at the Georgia Lottery office in Savannah yesterday.  He works as a pipe fitter in west Georgia.

Dell Ray bought the lucky scratch-off ticket and didn't tell his wife until a few days later.  The couple just got married a few weeks ago, and Ray says it's a great start.

"I told her it's going to be hard for me to top this, so don't expect this kind of surprise every week," he said with a laugh.  "She said that she wouldn't believe it until she saw the check," the 43-year-old described. 

Ray won $10 playing an instant game, and he used his winnings from that game to purchase a $300 Million Gold Rush ticket. The ticket was worth $1 million.

Amoco Food Mart, located at 12268 Columbia St. in Blakely, sold the lucky ticket.

The tax man takes a big bite, so the Rays wind up with just under $700,000 spread out over the next 20 years. Ray says he's going to put away a lot of the money for retirement. "It's still sinking in," he added.

$300 Million Gold Rush is a $10 game with 30 millionaires and the highest instant game top prize in Georgia history. The game offers over $304 million in total cash prizes including 10 top prizes of $2.5 million, 20 $1 million prizes, more than 19,600 prizes from $1,000 to $50,000, and over 498,000 prizes from $100 to $500.

Dell and Rita Ray.

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Coastal Georgia
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Posted: September 1, 2006, 10:42 am - IP Logged

$35,000 per year after taxes for 20 years hardly makes him a millionaire, but it is what it is...

It is enough to invest and be smart with, so lets hope Mr. Ray does the right things.

Congratulations !!







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    Posted: September 1, 2006, 10:47 am - IP Logged

    I thought it was a nice story too.


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      Posted: September 1, 2006, 10:48 am - IP Logged

      he told her not to expect these kind of surprises every week and its going to be hard to top this.well its all downhill from here,lol!!LOL

        GeorgiaPlayer's avatar - disney21
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        Posted: September 2, 2006, 2:37 pm - IP Logged

        Con grads The Ray Family Party

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          Posted: September 5, 2006, 5:19 am - IP Logged

          $35,000 per year after taxes for 20 years hardly makes him a millionaire, but it is what it is...

          It is enough to invest and be smart with, so lets hope Mr. Ray does the right things.

          Congratulations !!


          I'll take $3,000 a month after taxes.  Nice wedding gift!

            freeport bahamas
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            September 10, 2006
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            Posted: September 30, 2006, 8:49 pm - IP Logged

            hey  ray , dont quit your day job just yet , but you and the wife make sure to enjoy yourselfs and dont let anyone use you ,and now you will see who your real friends are,any way  congradulations on your win,  spend it wisley,Hyper

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              Posted: October 4, 2006, 11:22 pm - IP Logged

               "Whey...to GO"

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