DALTON, GA (WRCB) --A retired carpet worker from Dalton wins a half-million dollar prize. Lonnie Headrick, 72, played the Georgia Lottery instant game $500,000 Riches and won a top prize.

He was with family in Ellijay when he won the prize at New Hope Grocery.  "My wife helped me scratch the ticket," he said. "When I told her what we'd won, she said, ‘You're not reading that right.' "

Headrick and his wife, Pat, have two adult children and two grandchildren. He retired 10 years ago as a self-employed businessman in the carpet industry.

 "It feels real," he said. "It's taking a while to soak in." The lucky lottery winner plans to share his windfall with family.