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Man wins $7M on scratch-off lottery ticket in Forsyth County
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NORTH FORSYTH — A Dawsonville man recently won $7 million on a Georgia Lottery scratch-off ticket he bought at a store in northwestern Forsyth County.

According to the Georgia Lottery Corp., Gerard Kaizer claimed his prize Friday.

Kaizer won the maximum prize for the $30 ticket. The odds of winning are 1 in 2.4 million, according to the state lottery.

Leon’s Food Mart, 5410 Matt Highway, sold the winning Max the Money instant ticket.

It was the second Forsyth County store to sell a multimillion dollar ticket in less than two weeks.

According to state lottery records, John Carrico of Woodstock won $5 million on March 5 with a ticket he bought at the Publix at Mathis Airport Parkway and Old Atlanta Road.

Kaizer, the most recent winner, could not be reached for comment.

The Max the Money game debuted on Jan. 27 and is one of just two tickets in Georgia that cost $30. 

“This guy came in and scratched the ticket,” said Sam Budhani, Leon’s owner. “He was like, “Oh my God!” He started crying … he won $7 million.”

According to Budhani, it was the largest winning ticket his store has sold.

“This is huge because they came out with at ticket that is $30 each, that’s why the winning is so big,” he said.