Thieves burn store, steal lottery tickets
Latest in string of lottery ticket thefts
The boarded up windows at John Patel's convenience store hide the damage within.
These people, I don't know what to think about them, Patel said of the people who set his business on fire. They're mentally sick, I think. Why they did the fire, I don't understand.
Early Monday morning, two men broke into Patel's store on Dean Street in Rome, Georgia, stole at least 30 rolls of scratch off lottery tickets, then set a fire in an attempt to cov ...
Sep 5, 2007, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins $250,000 in Mega Millions
Dana Peace recently had what he described as a very good day. Peace, 26, of Fayette County walked into a Corner Amoco on Highway 54 in Sharpsburg to buy Fritos a snack for girlfriend Holly Yelton's roommate. A snap decision at the checkout counter landed Peace with $5 in Quik Pik tickets for the June 22 Mega Millions drawing only about an hour away. Though Peace didn't watch the drawing that night, he called the Georgia Lottery Hotline the next morning as he drove his mother to the a ...
Jul 23, 2007, 12:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery sets sales record with $3.4 billion sales
The Georgia lottery took in a record $3.4 billion dollars during the last fiscal year a $244 million jump from the previous year.
Officials say more than $850 million was transferred to the education fund, which pays for HOPE scholarships and pre-kindergarten classes. That brings the total funds raised to nine-point-three billion since the lottery began in 1993.
State officials were concerned a few years ago that lottery sales wouldn't meet the growing demand for pre-kindergarten class ...
Jul 18, 2007, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia couple wins $1 million lottery raffle prize
Jim Fain couldn't believe his eyes.
His wife, Tina Beckham-Fain, sat on the floor of their Milledgeville home reading the number on the first of five lottery tickets they bought for the Millionaire Raffle as he looked at the winning combination on the Georgia Lottery Web site.
Beckham-Fain read 285704.
Unsure of what he was seeing on his computer, Fain then asked her to read the screen.
She did and the numbers matched.
I started to hyperventilate, said Fain, a 42-year-old corpor ...
Jul 11, 2007, 1:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery Millionaire Raffle results
The Georgia Lottery's latest raffle-style game, Millionaire Raffle, was drawn today, and will make four instant millionaires.
The winning numbers can be found here:
Millionaire Raffle is a raffle game offered by the Georgia Lottery, with a limited number of $20 tickets.
With only 500,000 tickets sold for the raffle, Millionaire Raffle offers the best odds to win $1 million of any Georgia Lottery game.
There is one drawing ...
Jul 7, 2007, 8:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Fantasy 5 lottery player scores $95,000 jackpot
A Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, resident's fantasy has become a reality.
According to Jordan, he watched the Fantasy 5 drawing and saw that he won big. He immediately called his son and began yelling, I think I won! I think I won!
The winning numbers for the May 29 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 3-9-13-24-38. Jordan randomly selected the lucky combination.
I don't know why I picked those numbers, he said. It's just my way of doing things.
Jordan, an 82-year-old retiree, plans to sav ...
Jun 4, 2007, 2:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery thief sets himself on fire
Firefighters said it can't get more ironic than this: an arsonist breaks into a convenience store, steals scratch-off lottery tickets, tries to cover his tracks by setting a fire, and in the process, sets himself on fire.
It happened early Thursday morning in Rome, Georgia, just off of Rockmart Highway.
Safarez Chunara surveyed his store on Friday the first time he and his family had seen the damage. The inside is completely torched.
We trying to work and serve the community, Chunar ...
Jun 2, 2007, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man celebrates $5 million lottery jackpot
A Columbus man has netted a win worth millions.
David Huff, 46, won $5 million playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club.
Circle K Stores #6678, 215 Fourth St. in Columbus, sold the winning ticket. The father of four scratched the ticket just outside of his car. What he discovered, Smith said, was unbelievable.
I broke my glasses trying to look at the ticket, he said. I was sure of what I saw, so I had to take a deep breath.
Smith, who likes to go fish ...
Jun 1, 2007, 1:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins $44,000 at stop sign
Grady Strickland of Avera, Georgia, played the Georgia Lottery instant game 4's Galore and won a $44,000 top prize. He scratched the lucky ticket at a stop sign.
I said, 'I think I just won $44,000, and my wife snatched the ticket out of my hand,' Strickland recalls. She started crying and jumping up and down in the seat.
According to Strickland, 30, he immediately pulled over.
I was just sitting there staring at the ticket, he said. I was speechless. I couldn't believe it.
May 17, 2007, 2:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Retiree on road buys winning lottery ticket
Retired salesman Daniel Casey of Fort Pierce, Fla., is one of two winners to match the first five of six winning numbers worth $250,000 in the April 24 Mega Millions drawing, Georgia Lottery officials have announced.
Casey, 75, purchased his lucky ticket in Port Wentworth at the Pilot Travel Center on Ga. 21. Winning numbers for the April 24 Mega Millions drawing were: 8-10-35-36-43, and the Mega Ball was 14.
Casey said he was traveling to visit family in Connecticut when he stopped fo ...
May 14, 2007, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum