Army veteran returning to Afghanistan wins $250,000
An Army veteran from Fayetteville, Georgia, won a quarter million dollars in the Georgia Lottery days before his return to Afghanistan.
Gregg Curry, a father of three and a master sergeant with the Third U.S. Army Forces Central Command, bought a winning Cool Cash ticket while stopping to buy a bottle of water with his wife, Mary, lottery officials said Friday.
Curry, 47, returns to Afghanistan today. He was home for two weeks from Bagram Airfield, where he's been stationed for seven month ...
Apr 18, 2011, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
College student treated to 'royal' Georgia Lottery prize
Includes video report
A college student who purchased a winning ticket in Savannah is mapping out her future after claiming a half-million dollar Georgia Lottery prize.
Krystal Huerta-Galindo, 26, played the Georgia Lottery instant game Royal Riches and won a $500,000 top prize.
Huerta-Galindo drove from Moncks Corner, S.C., where she resides, to visit her mother, a truck driver. She purchased the ticket at Pilot Travel Center #0072, 1504 Dean Forest Road in Savannah.
She scratched t ...
Jan 24, 2011, 5:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery error prompts payout on two sets of winning numbers
By Todd Northrop
An incorrect number reported by the Virginia Lottery for Wednesday night's Win For Life drawing has prompted the participating states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia to payout on two sets of winning numbers.
Win For Life is a multi-state lottery game played in Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Players choose six numbers from 1 to 42, and can win one of eight different prizes, ranging from $2 to the Grand prize of $1,000 a week for life.
The third number drawn for the ...
Jan 6, 2011, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum
States look for winning formulas to spur lottery sales
Buy a scratch lottery ticket in Georgia, and you can win music downloads or a seat at an Atlanta Falcons game. In New York, one of the top sellers is an all-black ticket as sleek as an Armani suit. And in Texas, where they brag that everything is bigger, a single ticket goes for $50.
With state budgets in crisis and lottery-financed programs like prekindergarten being considered for cuts, the pressure is on to make lottery tickets more attractive to casual scratchers and people who may have n ...
Dec 23, 2010, 7:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man's second big lottery win is for $1M
A Metter, Georgia, man was grabbing his morning cup of joe when he was jolted by more than the java. Andrew Jones, 63, won a $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Maximum Green.
This is the second big win for Jones, who won $500,000 playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks in March 2008.
Jones purchased both of his lucky top prize tickets at Jet Food Store #0035, 309 W. Broad St., Metter.
With all the excitement, the grandfather of four says he is remaining calm. J ...
Oct 27, 2010, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
$116M Georgia Powerball winner claims prize
A 46-year-old advertising executive from Mableton, Georgia, has stepped forward with the $116 million Powerball ticket.
Gerald L. Render chose the cash option so he'll only be getting $63 million before taxes.
Render claimed the prize Friday afternoon, two weeks after buying the winning Quik Pik jackpot ticket at Heby's Shell, on Floyd Road in Mableton.
The advertising executive had been showing up for work as usual at the Marietta-based Upscale Magazine. It's a publication of Bronner B ...
Oct 9, 2010, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Refreshingly candid: Ga. Lottery chief discusses future game plans
Georgia Lottery chief Margaret DeFrancisco tries to stay ahead of the pack.
In the lottery's sprawling downtown offices, DeFrancisco wheels around on a kid's scooter with a bell on the handlebars so she can avoid close calls with the walking crowd. And with the pressure mounting as demand for lottery revenue for HOPE scholarships and pre-k outstrips its growth, she's searching for new sources of money.
Down the road, DeFrancisco said, don't be surprised if interactive lottery games appear ...
Jul 20, 2010, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery profits up in 2010
Another good year for the Georgia Lottery meant more money for the state's pre-kindergarten and HOPE college scholarship programs, but it isn't enough to keep state officials from worrying about HOPE's future.
The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced Wednesday that profits increased again during the 2010 fiscal year providing a dozen consecutive years of growth.
As a result, the lottery increased its payments to the popular pre-k and HOPE programs. During the 2010 fiscal year, which ended June ...
Jul 14, 2010, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery schedules Cash 4 bonus drawing after error detected
During a review of the Monday, June 7, Cash 4 evening drawing, Georgia Lottery officials determined that an equipment malfunction occurred with a ball machine. One of the balls ejected back into the chute from the mixing chamber before the winning number fell.
As a result, the Georgia Lottery will hold a bonus Cash 4 drawing on Monday, July 5, giving players an extra chance to win.
We are very serious about the security and integrity of our games, said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Ma ...
Jun 14, 2010, 4:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins lottery -- again
For John Hogan, lightning struck twice.
The 67-year-old from Griffin won the Fantasy 5 jackpot for the second time June 7. After matching all five numbers, Hogan won $61,122.
In February 2000, he won a Fantasy 5 jackpot of $75,270. With the February winnings, Hogan said he bought a new truck, installed a new roof on his home and took a vacation.
With this month's winnings, Hogan said he is not sure how he will spend it.
Hogan purchased the ticket at the S M Grocery on Fayetteville Ro ...
Jun 11, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum