Brunswick, Ga., commercial painter Charles White hit the jackpot last week, but not as a result of landing a big contract on a painting job.
White, 57, won a $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery game “50X The Money.”
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His initial reaction? Not surprisingly, he was “shocked.”
“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” White said, according to the Georgia Lottery’s official news announcement on the haul.
White said he and his wife Linda figured on purchasing a new home with some of the winnings. According to news reports, his current address is a rented mobile home.
White subsequently told the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union he was on his way to the grocery store when he stopped in at Tommy’s Corner near Brunswick to buy lottery tickets as is his regular habit. He bought a $10 ticket for “50X the Money” and struck out with his first ticket.
“That almost made me quit,” White said, but he proceeded to buy another, as he normally does, and hit pay dirt with the second.
White said the prize will make life easier, in that he can invest in some new painting equipment and can try to take jobs closer to home. He told the Times-Union he’s been working steady, but “You’ve got to travel if you want to work.”
White said he’d won $500 three times and “$50 here and there” playing the lottery, but had not realized a return on his investment until “this caught me up.”
He had thought about kicking the habit, but is glad he didn’t.
“Some days, I wished somebody would come beat me with a bat and make me quit this,” he told the Times-Union.
Fortunately, he beat the system instead.
D+D News inquired whether White wanted to discuss his big payday further, but hadn’t heard back before deadline on Monday.