Some of the big wins Georgia lottery players have claimed in the past couple of weeks.
McDonough man tunes holidays with $750,000
A McDonough, Georgia, man can celebrate the holiday season this year with a dash of $750,000 in lottery winnings. Ronnie Joyce, 61, played the holiday-themed Georgia Lottery instant game Jingle Jumbo Bucks and won a top prize.
On his way home from a hunting trip with his wife, Ann, Joyce stopped at BP Food Mart, 194 Keys Ferry St. in McDonough, and purchased the ticket.
"It turned out to be lucky for me," the retired diesel mechanic said. "When I saw it, I could not believe it. Now, I've changed my tune."
Joyce and his wife have two adult children and five grandchildren. The couple plan to pay off their home mortgage and will share a portion of their winnings with their grandchildren. Joyce also is considering buying a new truck. He will save the remainder for the couple's retirement.
"This prize will provide a better cushion for us," he said. "Winning is going to work out just fine."
Retired Byron fireman wins a blazing $235,000
A retired Byron firefighter has won a hot Georgia Lottery prize. Gary Sanford matched all five winning numbers in the Nov. 1 Fantasy 5 drawing and was one of two players to win $235,602.
"I watched the drawing on TV, and I haven't been to sleep since," Sanford said.
Winning numbers for the drawing were: 7-14-26-29-32. Sanford purchased his Quik Pik combination at Byron Chevron #0420, 302 Highway 49 N., Byron. The second top prize ticket was purchased in Grovetown.
Sanford, who will turn 62 on Nov. 29, plans to use some of his prize to pay bills.
"Other than that, I don't have a clue," he said.
Georgia Lottery retailers selling winning Fantasy 5 top prize tickets receive a retailer incentive bonus of $2,000. The retailer incentive bonus increases by $2,000 each time Fantasy 5 rolls. If more than one winning top prize ticket is sold, the retailers selling the top prize winning tickets will share the bonus. Byron Chevron will receive a retailer incentive bonus of $6,000.
Harlem assembly tech constructs $235,000 lottery win
An assembly technician from Harlem has put together a winning combination. Kenya Evans won $235,602 as one of two players to match all five winning numbers in the Fantasy 5 drawing on Nov. 1.
"I was screaming and jumping up and down," said Evans, 26. "It still hasn't sunk in yet.
Winning numbers for the drawing were: 7-14-26-29-32. According to Evans, she used her age and the ages of some relatives for her lucky combination. She purchased the top prize ticket at GT Package Shop, located at 5108 Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown.
Evans, who works for a tractor company, plans to "pay bills off first, then invest and get a new car."
Brunswick substitute teacher chalks up $86,000 lottery win
A Brunswick substitute teacher has prepped herself for a lottery win. Geraldine Wilson, 60, matched all five winning numbers and was one of two to players to win an $86,131 top prize in the Oct. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing.
One Stop #0042, 4544 Old Cypress Mill Road in Brunswick, sold the ticket. The winning combination from the Oct. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing was: 5-15-18-22-25. The second top prize ticket was purchased in Crawford. Wilson said she used her children and grandchildren's birthdays as her lucky numbers.
"I felt really strong about it," she said. "I just felt like everything was lining up in order for me."
The grandmother of three called the Georgia Lottery hot line for the results.
"I didn't believe it when I called," she said. "I was screaming and hollering. I am so ecstatic."
Wilson, who has three adult children, said she plans to pay bills and help other family members.
"I'm just overwhelmed. I'm happy," she exclaimed. "It's like a new beginning for me. It's such a wonderful feeling."
Atlanta man wins $250,000
An Atlanta man is celebrating a quarter-million dollar lottery win. Freddie Burch, 50, played the Georgia Lottery instant game $150,000,000 Slots of Luck and won a $250,000 top prize.
Burch bought the ticket at A & B Discount, 1278 Custer Ave. in Atlanta. He was in his car when he scratched the ticket.
"I was shocked," he said. "It feels good, but winning still has to sink in."
Burch, who has a five-year-old daughter, said he has no immediate plans for his winnings but is thinking about taking a cruise.
Valdosta nail tech polishes off $250,000 lottery win
A Valdosta woman is celebrating a quarter-million dollar lottery win. Hang Tuyet Tham, 27, played the holiday-themed Georgia Lottery instant game Treasure Tree and won a $250,000 top prize.
Quick Shop, 2814 N. Ashley St. in Valdosta, sold the winning ticket. Tham, a nail technician, said a friend bought the ticket for her. She discovered her winnings later that evening at home.
"I feel so excited," she exclaimed.
Tham plans to use some of her winnings to visit her mother in Vietnam.
Hazlehurst corrections officer eyes $73,000 in lottery
A Hazlehurst man is overjoyed from winning the lottery. Ted Poore used a combination of friends and family birthdays and was one of five players to win a $73,357 top prize in the Oct. 22 Fantasy 5 drawing.
"I couldn't believe it," said Poore, 47, who works for the Georgia Department of Corrections.
He purchased his ticket at Jackets Stop & Shop, 18 W. Jefferson St. in Hazlehurst. Winning numbers for the Oct. 22 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 4-11-14-22-29. Other top prize tickets for the Oct. 22 Fantasy 5 drawing were purchased in West Point, Alpharetta, Carrollton and Douglasville.
Poore will celebrate his 48th birthday on Nov. 22. He considers the win an early birthday gift.
"I feel good," he exclaimed. "I'll pay bills and buy myself a new truck."
Buford real estate agent lands $50,000
A Buford real estate agent is sold on winning the lottery. Susan Forsyth, 36, won a $50,000 top prize playing Fast 5's, a Georgia Lottery instant game.
Forsyth stopped at Chevron Food Mart, 2208 Scenic Highway North in Snellville, for a bottle of water when she purchased the ticket.
"I took it to my mother's house and scratched it there," she said. "We both looked at the ticket when I realized that I'd won."
As the mother of an 11-year-old daughter, Forsyth shared that she plays the lottery to help fund the lottery-funded Prekindergarten Program and HOPE Scholarship Program.
"My daughter attended Prekindergarten, and it was a great program," she shared. "We really liked it, and that's why I'm for the lottery."
Forsyth said she plans to invest her winnings.
Case manager wins $250,000 in Villa Rica
A man who stopped for a Quik Pik ticket won a quarter-million dollar prize in the lottery. Dan Kinard, 57, matched the first five winning numbers in the Oct. 19 Mega Millions drawing and won $250,000.
Villa Rica Amoco, 650 W. Bankhead Highway in Villa Rica, sold the lucky ticket. The winning numbers from the Oct. 19 Mega Millions drawing were: 5-15-18-23-46 and the Mega Ball was 14. A friend checked his ticket and shared the good news.
"I started screaming," said Kinard, a physical rehabilitation case manager. "It's a lot of fun to win the lottery."
A resident of Vestavia Hills, Ala., Kinard said he plans to save his winnings and pay bills.
"It's nice to have that security," he shared. "I feel great."
Atlanta bartender served $250,000 lottery win
An Atlanta bartender can garnish this year's holiday season with $250,000. Candace Cain, 29, won a top prize playing the new Georgia Lottery holiday-themed instant game Treasure Tree.
GHT Food Mart, 3170 Donald L. Hollowell Parkway in Atlanta, sold the winning ticket. Cain was on her way home from work when she purchased the ticket.
"I saw the tree and the numbers and was frozen for a second," she said. "I woke everyone up in the house, and we all started screaming."
Cain said she plans to buy a new truck with her winnings and will invest the remainder.
"This win was a good thing," she shared. "I'm just shocked, excited and overjoyed."
Cheery Columbus woman wins $350,000 in lottery
A Columbus woman is overjoyed from winning the lottery. Carol Beardsley, who celebrated her 64th birthday Oct. 25, played the Georgia Lottery instant game $350,000 Jackpot and won a $350,000 top prize.
Oakland Laundry Mat, 1807 S. Lumpkin Road in Columbus, sold the winning ticket.
"I didn't believe it," she said. "I looked two and three times."
Beardsley said she has no immediate plans for her winnings.
"I am very excited," she exclaimed.
Brinson builder constructs $350,000 lottery win
A Brinson builder hammered out a lottery win. Elizabeth Boyd, 51, played Red Hot Numbers, a Georgia Lottery instant game, and won a $350,000 top prize.
Boyd purchased her lucky ticket at Las Lomas, 801 E. Waters St. in Bainbridge. She and her husband, Jimmy, scratched the ticket in the store.
"He was so happy and excited," she said.
The couple have five children and nine grandchildren. They have no immediate plans for their winnings.
"We're fortunate to have healthy kids, and to be living a good life," Boyd said. "And the lottery has been good to us."
Doraville apartment manager cites win worth $400,000
Pamela Grindle of Doraville played the Georgia Lottery instant game Sterling Silver and won a $400,000 top prize.
Grindle, 42, purchased the winning ticket at Fiesta Food Mart, 4363 Chamblee Tucker Road in Tucker. An apartment manager, Grindle learned about the instant game from a co-worker.
"My co-worker talked about it, so when I won I called him right away," she said.
Grindle, who has a 20-year-old daughter, said she plans to buy a new home and invest the remainder.
"Winning feels great," she exclaimed.
Roswell CEO wins Fantasy 5 ticket worth $359,000
A $359,229 lottery win blew in for one Roswell insurance company CEO. Howard Rogers Jr., 50, matched all five winning numbers in the Oct. 3 Fantasy 5 drawing and won the top prize.
Golden Gallon #3553, 5337 Alabama Highway in Ringgold, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket. Winning numbers from the Oct. 3 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 2-15-16-20-30. Rogers was traveling and stopped for gas when he purchased the ticket.
He remembered days later that the ticket was tucked in his billfold.
"I called my wife and asked her to check the numbers," he said. "I didn't believe it."
Rogers and his wife, Emily, have three children. He has no immediate plans for his winnings.
Ball Ground bartender concocts $1 million lottery win
A Ball Ground bartender is a lucky lottery winner. Michele Caldwell won a $1 million prize playing Georgia's $500 Million Club, a Georgia Lottery instant game.
She purchased the lucky ticket at CITGO at Ball Ground, 2268 Hightower Road in Ball Ground. Caldwell, 30, and her husband, Dawson, took the ticket home and scratched it while eating dinner.
"I was excited," she said. "He was a little calmer than I was."
The couple, who married last December, will make plans to celebrate their one-year anniversary with the winnings, Caldwell shared.
"Winning is pretty awesome," she exclaimed.
Woodstock volunteer drives $400,000 lottery win
A Woodstock man is pumped about winning the lottery. Randall Gilbreth, 46, played the Georgia Lottery instant game Sterling Silver and won a $400,000 top prize.
He purchased the winning ticket at Exxon Food Shop, 855 Woodstock Road in Roswell. Gilbreth, a volunteer school bus driver for students with special needs, said he scratched the ticket and was surprised at what he saw.
"I looked back and forth about 10 times," he said. "It has definitely been an experience."
A father of five, Gilbreth lives in Woodstock with his wife, Kristine. The couple plan to pay bills with their winnings.
"I feel just fine about winning the lottery," Gilbreth shared.