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Evans man wins $186,000 in lottery

Posted: May 8, 2012 - 5:49pm

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Cinco de Mayo has the chance to be an Evans man’s new favorite holiday.

Lottery officials announced Tuesday that Ricky Bell, 53, won $186,129 in the Fantasy 5 drawing from May 5.

Bell saw the draw results on the Georgia Lottery’s Web site and woke his wife, Wanda, with the news.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I thought I was seeing double.”

Bell claimed his prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery’s Augusta district office.

A human resources employee for the U.S. government, Bell said he will use his prize to “pay a few bills.”

The winning ticket was sold at Allen’s Country Store, 4277 Washington Road in Evans. Winning numbers for the drawing were 6-8-9-19-36.

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