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Jones County dad wins $1 million Lotto prize

A Jones County father of four had been out of work with a back injury for five months when he won a $1 million prize in the Georgia Lottery.

Scott Barnard of Wayside bought his winning ticket for $20 Sunday at the City Limits Food Mart at 4386 Gray Highway. He scratched off two others before revealing one of the major prizes in the lottery's 15th Anniversary Millionaire Extravaganza instant game.

Barnard called the win an incredible blessing that will allow him to seek medical treatment for his injured back and pay off the family's debt.

"We're going to stay down to earth," said Jennifer Burkhalter, Barnard's wife, who works as a nurse at Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon. "I will work anyway. Nursing is a calling."

The couple does not plan any major expenditures, they said.

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