Thomson man buys $1 million lottery ticket

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THOMSON --- Michael Moss said he stopped at the Quick Mart lottery counter by chance Tuesday after a doctor appointment.

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John Hodor, the Augusta District manage for the Georgia Lottery, left, presents an oversized check for $1 million to Michael Moss of Thomson. The presentation was made Friday at Quick Mart, 402 Main St. in Thomson, where Moss paid $10 for the winning ticket Tuesday.  Garth Snow/Morris News Service
Garth Snow/Morris News Service
John Hodor, the Augusta District manage for the Georgia Lottery, left, presents an oversized check for $1 million to Michael Moss of Thomson. The presentation was made Friday at Quick Mart, 402 Main St. in Thomson, where Moss paid $10 for the winning ticket Tuesday.

He returned to the store at 402 Main St. by choice Friday to celebrate winning a $1 million top prize in the Georgia Lottery Black $10 instant game.

"This is the luckiest store in Thomson," Moss said before accepting an oversize check from Georgia Lottery District Manager John Hodor.

Hodor said five $1 million prizes remain available in the Georgia Lottery Black game.

Moss, who had been off work with the flu Tuesday, said he didn't spend much on the lottery that evening.

"I got about two Jumbo Bucks and that Georgia Black," he said.

He said he was surprised when he saw the $1 million prize on his ticket.

"I mean you never really hear about anybody winning around here," he said.

"The guy was so cool and calm at the time," said Sikandar "Sunny" Memon, who said he has owned the store about four years.

Memon said he was at the store about 6:30 p.m. when Melvin Harris sold the winning ticket. He said Moss showed the winning ticket to others and returned Wednesday to provide a photocopy, which is now posted above the counter.

Moss made no ceremony of telling his wife, Shamika, about the winning ticket.

"I just walked in and showed it to her," he said. She agreed that she also took the news with little comment.

He said the winnings will "pay off bills and send the kids to college." He said the family is making no vacation plans for the moment.

Moss is a chalk miner with Thiel Kaolin Co. in Wrens. Shamika Moss works at SGD North America in Sparta, where she decorates perfume bottles.

Michael Moss said Georgia Lottery officials offered him choices ranging from taking the prize immediately to taking the winnings over 20 years. Moss had not chosen a payout plan as of Friday.

Memon does not receive a share of the winnings on scratch-off tickets, but hopes the publicity will increase sales. He said his store has sold a $100,000 winning ticket and two $50,000 winners.

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HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 02/04/11 - 01:07 pm
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Think this maybe a long lost

Think this maybe a long lost family member of mine.................

stillamazed
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stillamazed 02/04/11 - 01:25 pm
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I bought one of those tickets

I bought one of those tickets and could not even win a free ticket.....:(

Cadence
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Cadence 02/04/11 - 02:03 pm
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Hey, this person is my very

Hey, this person is my very best friend, or they will be as soon as I find out who they are.

swcohen
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swcohen 02/04/11 - 02:20 pm
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Georgia Lottery, SOMEBODY's

Georgia Lottery, SOMEBODY's going to win... Just not YOU.

Still, congrats, McDuffie County resident.

ttowngirl
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ttowngirl 02/04/11 - 03:19 pm
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congrats Mr. Moss!!!!

congrats Mr. Moss!!!!

follower
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follower 02/04/11 - 05:05 pm
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I won't ever win the lottery

I won't ever win the lottery because I don't play. Is that fair? Sure, and I'm OK with that. No participation. No winnings.

So why do those that don't participate in paying federal taxes benefit from my taxes?

Anyone else see the irony?

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/04/11 - 05:23 pm
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I could be his new best

I could be his new best friend. (for a small fee of course)

Ole School
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Ole School 02/04/11 - 06:28 pm
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I am going to win next week !

I am going to win next week ! wait and see ......

Truth Be Told In Bold
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Truth Be Told In Bold 02/05/11 - 04:24 am
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Someone has to win! Congrats

Someone has to win! Congrats to Michael Moss, his family and his church where he will surely tithe on his winnings!!

bree026
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bree026 02/05/11 - 06:31 pm
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Uncle Moss.. Don't forget

Uncle Moss.. Don't forget about me...

mellie2
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mellie2 02/05/11 - 11:41 pm
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Just saw some young girl in

Just saw some young girl in Wal-Mart walking around with the check in this picture. Mr. Moss was nowhere around her. Not sure what her purpose is. I did hear her say "What aisle is the damn food stamp stuff on?"

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