Robert Wainberg, 55, of Lula won $1,000 a week for a year from matching five out of six winning numbers plus the Free Ball in the May 27 Win for Life drawing.
Circle M Food Shop No. 0012 on Cornelia Highway in Lula sold the winning ticket. Winning numbers from the May 27 Win for Life drawing were: 6-8-22-24-27-32 and the Free Ball was 5.
Wainberg said he learned of his lottery win while out getting gas.
"I was surprised," he said. "I feel pretty good."
Wainberg has worked as a biology professor for more than 20 years at Piedmont College in Demorest. With his wife, Wainberg and his wife, Patricia, plan to use the money to pay bills.
"This is a nice feeling," he said.
Win for Life is a multi-state game played in Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky. Proceeds from Win for Life and all Georgia Lottery games benefit education in Georgia.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $10.8 billion to the state for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs including the HOPE Scholarship Program and the Pre-K Program. More than 1.1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.