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Army veteran returning to Afghanistan wins $250,000

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An Army veteran from Fayetteville, Georgia, won a quarter million dollars in the Georgia Lottery days before his return to Afghanistan.

Gregg Curry, a father of three and a master sergeant with the Third U.S. Army Forces Central Command, bought a winning Cool Cash ticket while stopping to buy a bottle of water with his wife, Mary, lottery officials said Friday.

Curry, 47, returns to Afghanistan today. He was home for two weeks from Bagram Airfield, where he's been stationed for seven months. He'll be in Afghanistan another five months.

He told lottery officials that he plans to use his $250,000 to pay bills and take a vacation after his tour.

"We're excited. We're happy," said Curry.

Curry bought his at the Kwickie/Flash at 973 Highway 54 in Fayetteville.

Another man, Gerald DiFatta, 65, of Grayson, won $264,955, three days after buying a ticket on his birthday that returned $3.

"I almost didn't play," DiFatta told lottery officials. "I went past the store and turned around to get a ticket."

DiFatta bought his Quik Pik ticket at Monroe Shell, 1880 Highway 138 N.W. in Monroe.

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Thanks to truesee for the tip.

AJC, Lottery Post Staff

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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Posted: April 18, 2011, 9:13 am - IP Logged

Glad to see a military man win.

They should make it tax free for our armed forces.


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                            --Edmund Burke

 

 

    dpoly1's avatar - driver
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    Posted: April 18, 2011, 9:22 am - IP Logged

    Glad to see a military man win.

    They should make it tax free for our armed forces.

    I Agree!

     

    I agree, but I do think it should be tax free for everyone !

    Just think how the extra spending would DIRECTLY IMPACT  the economy !

    I hope that this money will help his family !

     

    A great story !

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      Posted: April 18, 2011, 9:29 am - IP Logged

      That is fantastic! I'm happy to see a servicemember win also. Outstanding!

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        Posted: April 18, 2011, 9:31 am - IP Logged

        What a great story, congrats to Mr. Curry.Cheers

        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

        For a lead role in a cage?

         

                                                    From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

          konane's avatar - wallace
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          Posted: April 18, 2011, 9:37 am - IP Logged

          Glad to see a military man win.

          They should make it tax free for our armed forces.

          I Agree!    Congratulations Mr. Curry!  WTG!  Party

          Good luck to everyone!

            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
            Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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            Posted: April 18, 2011, 9:42 am - IP Logged

            I Agree!

             

            I agree, but I do think it should be tax free for everyone !

            Just think how the extra spending would DIRECTLY IMPACT  the economy !

            I hope that this money will help his family !

             

            A great story !

            I agree with that but the guy we got in there now wants to raise taxes, not lower them.

            And now he's got us in another war.

            Thank God for soldiers like this Afghanistan vet who go off and do the job he wouldn't have the cojones to  do.


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                        --Edmund Burke

             

             

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              Posted: April 18, 2011, 11:41 am - IP Logged

              This win should help the remaining time fly by...hope he returns home safe and sound to enjoy his good fortune.

              From a Navy man who served 12 months boots-on-ground in Iraq last year.....you had good luck in winning, now may you have

              Godspeed in returning home to your fam!

              Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

              The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!


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                Posted: April 18, 2011, 12:38 pm - IP Logged

                I agree with that but the guy we got in there now wants to raise taxes, not lower them.

                And now he's got us in another war.

                Thank God for soldiers like this Afghanistan vet who go off and do the job he wouldn't have the cojones to  do.

                No NoWill you please ! please ! tell me which one of your last Presidents had the COJONES to do so!!Cussing Face I have no problems with even playing field.OOOhhh! what war is that?

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                  Posted: April 18, 2011, 12:49 pm - IP Logged

                  Patriot the feel good story of the day and hell yeah he should get it all tax free .....


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                    Posted: April 18, 2011, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

                    rdgrnr, have you ever served in the service?


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                      Posted: April 18, 2011, 1:33 pm - IP Logged

                      I agree with that but the guy we got in there now wants to raise taxes, not lower them.

                      And now he's got us in another war.

                      Thank God for soldiers like this Afghanistan vet who go off and do the job he wouldn't have the cojones to  do.

                      This is not a political post, this is the lottery post. Why do you come on here and talk about politics all the time? If you have something to say say it on Huffington Post where you will be challenge.

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                        Posted: April 18, 2011, 1:39 pm - IP Logged

                        This is not a political post, this is the lottery post. Why do you come on here and talk about politics all the time? If you have something to say say it on Huffington Post where you will be challenge.

                        I Agree!

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                          Posted: April 18, 2011, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

                          rdgrnr, have you ever served in the service?

                          Troll

                          This subject moved you to become a member today? That's special. What do you think of Gregg?

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