HARTWELL, GEORGIA – Ernest “Zeno” Thomas Jr. of Hart County has several reasons to celebrate this month, his birthday, Independence Day and winning nearly a half million dollars in the Georgia Lottery.
Thomas was one of two players from the July 4 Fantasy 5 drawing to match all five numbers. He won a $471,522 jackpot prize then celebrated his 46th birthday on July 6.
“I still can’t believe it,” he said. “I really don’t know what to say except for ‘Yay!’”
Thomas, a father of five, purchased a Fantasy 5 Quik Pik on a whim while buying a Powerball ticket at the Royal Food Store on Lavonia Highway in Lavonia.
“I saw how large the Fantasy 5 jackpot had grown,” he said. “I bought a ticket, and I told the clerk and my wife that I was going to win.”
His lucky numbers were: 9-22-25-30-35.