DALTON (WRCB) -- Winning a $52,000 Georgia Lottery prize has stacked up to be a real holiday treat for one Dalton man. John Ausec, 71, is one of two players each to win $1,000 a week for a year from matching five out of six numbers plus the Free Ball in the Dec. 5 Win for Life drawing.

 Ausec purchased the ticket at Mapco Express #3510, 1822 Dug Gap Road in Dalton, using a set of birthdays to create his lucky combination.

 Winning numbers from the Dec. 5 Win for Life drawing were: 3-8-11-26-29-38 and the Free Ball was 42. The second winning ticket was purchased in Grayson.

 While reading the newspaper and drinking his morning coffee, Ausec discovered he'd won.

 "It is fantastic I won that amount of money," he said.

 With his wife, Karen, Ausec intends to take a cruise.

 "I'm very, very lucky," he exclaimed.