Church member donates winning lottery tickets

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Members of a metro Atlanta church say a congregation member has donated his three winning Georgia Lottery tickets, giving the church donations totaling more than $4,000.
Church staff members say they claimed the prize on behalf of the congregation on Aug. 1.
The Rev. Richard Burdick of Unity North Atlanta Church in Cobb County said the money would go toward the church's mortgage and monthly bills.
Church staff member Al Mango told the Marietta Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/qqphKy) that the donor wanted to help the church and his goal is to pay off its mortgage. Officials have not released the man's name, saying he wishes to remain anonymous.
While some churches consider the lottery a form of gambling, Burdick said his church on Sandy Plains Road neither condemns nor condones it.


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