Winning ticket worth $500K sold in Fannin County


A Georgia Lottery instant ticket worth a half-million dollars was sold in Fannin County. Copper Pantry, located at 33 Blue Ridge Drive in McCaysville, sold a Hidden Treasure instant ticket with a $500,000 top prize.


The winner, James Vaughn Jr. of Mineral Bluff, claimed his prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.


“It was my birthday. I scratched it off, and there it was,” Vaughn shared. “I feel wonderful.”


With his winnings, he and his wife anticipate purchasing a new home.


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.