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Camilla man claims lottery jackpot

CAMILLA, Ga. — Jack Delk’s hankering for a Diet Pepsi has earned him $500,000 after a stop at Gary’s Palm Park in Camilla.

The 53-year-old electrician pulled into Gary’s because he was thirsty, according to lottery officials, and bought a ticket for the scratch-off game “Cash Vault.”

“I just stopped in for a Diet Pepsi,” the father of two told Georgia Lottery officials. “I looked at the ticket and decided to play.”

It took a moment for Delk, who scratched off the ticket in the store, to realize what he’d won.

“I looked at it real hard,” he said. “I had to step outside to look at it.”

Delk and his wife LaDonna plan to save their winnings, according to a press release from the Georgia Lottery.

“I feel great,” he said.

Delk is the second jackpot winner from Southwest Georgia to claim a big cash prize in a week. Zippy Vonier, a 55-year-old construction worker from Thomasville, claimed a $50 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday.

“My wife was brushing her teeth, and I told her to come in and sit down,” Vonier said. “She was just kind of shocked. We’re not going to do much right now. Just sit back and weigh our options.”