Georgia Trucker Claims Half of Record $390 Million Lottery Jackpot
A truck driver from northwest Georgia came forward Wednesday afternoon to claim half of the record $390 million Mega Millions jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Ed Nabors of Rocky Face, about 90 miles north of Atlanta, was the first person to step forward and claim part of the jackpot from Tuesday night's drawing.
Nabors told reporters gathered at Atlanta lottery headquarters that he is still numb.
He bought the ticket at Favorite Market in Dalton.
Because he took ...
Mar 7, 2007, 10:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia truck driver gets a piece of lottery history
Sometimes it pays to run a little late.
Truck driver Ed Nabors was a little behind on his way to work Tuesday morning, so he didn't stop for coffee at his usual place.
At lunchtime he bought a cup at nearby Favorite Market convenience store and chose to spend $10 on lottery tickets.
Nabors, 52, of Rocky Face, Georgia, discovered Wednesday morning that he had won half the record-setting $390 million Mega Millions jackpot in Tuesday night's drawing.
I'm still numb, ...
Mar 7, 2007, 9:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia woman nearly forgot about $5M winning lottery ticket
Connie Habeck plays the lottery when the jackpot is at its biggest.
When the money goes up, I buy like everybody else, said Habeck of Gray. She said she has always played knowing she would split any winnings with her 35-year-old son Robert, who lives in Athens.
What makes the 60-year-old woman different is the $5 million winning scratch-off ticket she nearly forgot in the bottom of her purse.
Georgia Lottery officials awarded Habeck a large cardboard check Tuesday afternoon at Neal's ...
Feb 28, 2007, 11:06 am - Lottery News forum
Publix workers win $1 million lottery jackpot
Two grocery store workers who won $1 million in the Georgia Lottery will take part in a check presentation ceremony this afternoon at the store where they purchased the tickets.
Barbara Chessi Scarbary, 19, of Jackson, and Megan Maloy, 24, of McDonough, won in the instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club.
The pair, who work together as customer service associates at a Publix grocery store, scratched the winning ticket Friday while parked outside the McDonough convenience store where they ...
Feb 7, 2007, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Nationwide, lotteries struggle to stay competitive
Lotteries across the country are struggling to remain competitive, retaining their players while increasing their bottom lines. Last year, 25 U.S. lotteries reported increased sales, but New York's lottery was one of six that had higher profits.
One key to New York's success is that the New York Lottery continues to attempt to be fun and entertaining, said former Lottery Director Nancy Palumbo, who was interviewed before leaving the division late last year.
We're constantly challenged to ...
Jan 31, 2007, 4:03 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery sales hit record $1.56 billion
The Georgia Lottery Corp., which finances the HOPE Scholarship program, Thursday announced record sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007.
Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco said the six-month numbers were $28.4 million ahead of the same period last year, which was a record at the time. The fiscal year began July 1.
Sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007 totaled $1.56 billion, with $400 million going to education more than $4.1 million ahead of last year. The rest ...
Jan 19, 2007, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Raffle results drawn
The Georgia Lottery selected the winning numbers Sunday for its special Millionaire Raffle drawing.
Only 500,000 tickets costing $20 each were sold for the raffle.
The odds of winning any prize in the Millionaire Raffle game are 1 in 982. The odds of winning one of the four $1 million prizes are 1 in 125,000. The odds of winning one of the five $100,000 prizes are 1 in 100,000. The odds of winning one of the 500 $1,000 prizes are 1 in 1,000.
Four tickets worth $1 million each were sol ...
Dec 31, 2006, 11:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Most state lottery raffle games sold out
Around the United States, Christmastime raffle games have become the hottest ticket of the year, with most of the game tickets selling out well before the drawing date.
The raffle games are loosely modeled after the largest lottery game in the world, Spain's El Gordo, which gives back an unusually large 70% of all proceeds in the form of prizes, and makes many instant millionaires.
Unlike traditional lotto-style games, a fixed number of tickets are sold for raffle games, and the prizes are ...
Dec 30, 2006, 12:18 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Raffle tickets going fast
More than 40% of available $20 tickets have been sold
Raffle games have become the hottest lottery item of the holiday season, and the Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Raffle game is no exception.
After just two weeks of sales, more than 40 percent of the game's tickets have been purchased. Georgia Lottery players have their best chance ever to win $1 million, but time is running out.
Millionaire Raffle is a limited-time game from the Georgia Lottery with four $1 million prizes. A total o ...
Dec 6, 2006, 1:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Ford Worker Loses Job, Wins Lottery
Retirement day will be an especially memorable one for Ford assembly plant worker Jerome McInnis. McInnis played the new Georgia Lottery instant game Bah Humbucks and became the first to win one of the game's $225,000 top prizes.
Jerome is a 13-year employee of the Ford assembly plant in Hapeville that closed today.
I elected to take the early retirement package, shares McInnis, a College Park resident. This came at a great time. It's just exciting to win like this.
McInnis, 52, pur ...
Oct 30, 2006, 6:21 am - Lottery News forum