Kingsland welder clutches $29,000 playing Fantasy 5

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A nuclear pipeline welder has hooked a winner. Joseph Bezy, a resident of Kingsland, is one of two players each to win a $29,921 jackpot prize from matching all five winning numbers in the Feb. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing.

“I’m in shock. I’m still in shock,” said Bezy, 55. “It’s like getting struck by lightning.”

He discovered his lottery win on the Georgia Lottery’s Web site. Winning numbers from the Feb. 17 drawing were: 2-15-20-33-37. The second winning jackpot prize was purchased in Alto.

ABC Food Mart, located at 100 May Creek Drive in Kingsland, sold the winning ticket.

“I started hollering for the wife to come and read what I was reading because I wasn’t sure if I was reading it right,” he said of his wife, Doris. “I took her to dinner to celebrate.”

The couple anticipate paying off bills and sharing the remainder of the prize with their children and grandchildren.

Georgia Lottery retailers selling winning Fantasy 5 jackpot tickets receive a retailer incentive bonus of $2,000. The retailer incentive bonus increases by $2,000 each time Fantasy 5 rolls. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold, the retailers selling the winning jackpot tickets will share the bonus. ABC Food Mart will receive a $1,000 retailer incentive bonus.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $11.4 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 1.2 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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