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Rockdale locksmith wins $500K lotto prize
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It was Daniel Wilhite's lucky day.

The 22-year-old Rockdale County High School alum had stopped Tuesday, June 30, at the Conyers Food Mart in Milstead with his dad for a purchase of lotto tickets.

He bought three tickets of the Big $5 scratch off game. And won with all three.

The first ticket netted $3. The second ticket won $40, which he said he split with his dad. Then came the third ticket, worth $500,000.

"My dad was looking over my shoulder. He told me I'd won $500,000," Wilhite said.

Although his father told him he was a winner, the third-generation locksmith was in complete shock over his top prize.

"Never in one million years did I think I'd hit that much money," he said.

He said he might buy a truck and take a vacation. "After that, I don't know."

Wilhite works for his father's locksmith business, Kwick Key,

The winning ticket was sold at the Conyers Food Mart, 1695 Ga. Highway 20 N.E., owned by Nirav Patel and managed by Manisha and Peter Patel; the business won a bonus for selling a winning ticket. The employee who sold the winning ticket was Akash Bhagat.