Augusta man wins $500,000 in lottery

An Augusta man won $500,000 from the Georgia Lottery, it was announced Tuesday.

Samuel Testino, 69, grabbed the new instant game $500,000 Green and won the $500,000 top prize, according to a news release.

Georgia Lottery representatives presented Testino with an oversized check Tuesday at DLS Gas Station, 3735 Mike Padgett Highway in Augusta, where he purchased the winning ticket.

“The clerk told me about the new ticket,” the father of five said. “I went back to work before scratching it in my truck.”

Testino won his prize on his youngest son’s birthday.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I’m ecstatic.”

Testino, who works in marketing, and his wife, Dale, will share an unforgettable holiday season with family.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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