Macon man hits $500K lottery ticket

Staff reportsFebruary 13, 2013 

Tony Bailey could buy a truckload of chocolate for Valentine’s Day if he wanted.

The 47-year-old Macon man hit a $500,000 prize in a scratch-off lottery game.

Bailey, a car detailer, bought the winning Jumbo Jumbo Bucks ticket at the Express Food Mart, 4555 Mercer University Drive.

“I just went in and bought one,” Bailey said in a release from the Georgia Lottery Corp. “I didn’t believe it at first.”

Bailey scratched off the ticket in the store.

“I said, ‘This can’t be real,’” the father of two recalled. “I was on my lunch break, so I went back to work.”

Bailey said he plans to buy a new house with his winnings.

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