Detergent-Maker Cleans Up in Lottery

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

For 11 years, Alvin Hodge has fed ingredients into machines that make dishwasher detergent. Now he has cleaned up with half of a $1 million lottery prize.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Hodge and Jason Haynes of Brandon split $700,029 after state and federal taxes on their Mega Millions winnings.

Hodge turns 68 this week. Asked if he plans to keep working at Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC's Brandon factory, he said no, he's been working all his life.

Hodge has bought lottery tickets for years in Delta, La., across the Mississippi River from Vicksburg.

He used part of his winnings to pay off his mortgage and retire a year earlier than he'd planned. Otherwise, he says his only plan is to "take it easy and relax."

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  • by Nell Location: Meridian on Apr 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
    We had plenty of money for education. Attorney General Mike Moore took on the tobacco company and won millions of dollars, then Haley Barbour took the money and spent it on other things (special interest).
  • by Don Location: Lauderdale on Apr 30, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    All that money for years going across the state line and being spent in Louisiana because Mississippi will not approve the lottery here. The money that could be used for some many things in our state like education.
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