Columbus man wins $1 million lottery jackpot

- A Columbus man won the $1,016,710 jackpot prize from the April 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, according to a press release from the Georgia Lottery.

Clifton Borders, Jr. matched all five numbers in the drawing. The winning numbers from the April 16 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 07-12-26-28-30. 

Young’s Grocery, located at 848 25th St. in Columbus, sold the winning ticket. Borders said that he was at a clinic undergoing a dialysis treatment when he discovered that he’d won by playing some important numbers.

“My mom passed nine years ago, and my son passed last year,” he said. “I played their ages.”

After calling to verify that he was indeed the jackpot winner, Borders was in disbelief.

“I had the numbers and would write them down and move them around,” he said. “These are numbers that I’ve been playing for a year, constantly, and they fell.”

The 61-year-old retired truck driver plans to use his winnings make repairs on his home and pay some medical bills.

“I believe I was sent a sign,” the lucky winner said. “I’m in good spirits.”

Borders claimed his prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery’s Columbus District Office.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $18.1 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program.

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