North Carolina Player is All In: Bought Instant World Poker Ticket in Georgia, Wins $500,000


A half-million dollar win has made the cut for one lucky lottery winner who purchased a winning ticket in Towns County, Georgia.

Joseph Ledford, a professional logger, has won a $500,000 top prize playing the instant game World Poker Tour.

Ledford, a resident of Hayesville, N.C., said he enjoys the game.

I really like it now, he said, gleefully. It was just another day and by circumstance I hit it.

The 38-year-old said he was in the store when he scratched the ticket and was pale when he discovered he’d won.

The clerk and I were just standing there, he said. You could tell that something had happened.

Working 12 years cutting trees and discarding its debris, Ledford said this year’s holiday stockings will be full.

The first purchase will be a new vehicle, he exclaimed.

Make it a good one Joe. And congratulations.


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