Georgia man wins $44,000 at stop sign

May 17, 2007, 2:13 pm (9 comments)

Georgia Lottery

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."

Blocker's Speedy, located at 120 Highway 1 Bypass in Louisville, sold the lucky ticket.

Strickland is employed by an agricultural company. He and his wife, Carla Lewis, have three sons.

The family will use some of their prize to pay bills and make a down payment on a new home. They also celebrated their lottery win with a weekend getaway.

"We took a trip down to Savannah and Jekyll Island," Strickland shared.

Is checking your ticket in the car lucky?

A Savannah delivery truck driver also found out his good fortune while seated in his vehicle.

Parker's #0026, located at 11416 Ford Ave. in Richmond Hill, sold the lucky winning ticket.

Antwan Lee scratched his Georgia Lottery instant game 4's Galore ticket in the store's parking lot and couldn't believe what he saw: a $44,000 top prize.

"I had to look at it a long time," Lee explained. "After showing it to a few people, I finally believed it. I started yelling 'yes' over and over again."

Lee, 27, is the proud father of one daughter.

"I'm going to use my winnings to pay bills, and after that we'll see," he said.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $9 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Prekindergarten Program. More than 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

Lottery Post Staff

Comments

JackpotWanna's avatarJackpotWanna

Nice story. 

 

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Guru101's avatarGuru101

Nice story. However, I wouldn't really like it if someone snatched a ticket out of my hand.No No

irondoor827

Quote: Originally posted by JackpotWanna on May 17, 2007

Nice story. 

 

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yes  this  was  a  good  storry  about  a  logical- lottery  prize  of  $44,000  thats  just  enough  to  get  a  small  jump  on  life;

But  ea.  of  the  winners  were  parents  and  I am  sure  they  will  go through  that  money  in  no  time  at  all  :good  luck  to  all  the  LUCKY   PEOPLE  IN  GEORGIA  KEEP  those  winners- COMMING :BananaDanceDance

BabyJC's avatarBabyJC

Those are the kind of stop signs that I like lol.

justxploring's avatarjustxploring

Very good story.  However, I think there should be a warning "Don't Scratch & Drive"  since these people got so excited they had to pull over.

Wink

The same thing happened when the drive in GA (Mr. Nabors)  hit the big MM jackpot.  He said his arms went numb and he couldn't steer his truck and pulled over to catch his breath! 

tnlotto1's avatartnlotto1

Quote: Originally posted by justxploring on May 18, 2007

Very good story.  However, I think there should be a warning "Don't Scratch & Drive"  since these people got so excited they had to pull over.

Wink

The same thing happened when the drive in GA (Mr. Nabors)  hit the big MM jackpot.  He said his arms went numb and he couldn't steer his truck and pulled over to catch his breath! 

I Agree!  i agree with justx, i wait to get home before i check my tickets or scratch offs. the only thing i may do before i leave the station is sign the back of the tickets...

DoubleDown

Quote: Originally posted by tnlotto1 on May 18, 2007

I Agree!  i agree with justx, i wait to get home before i check my tickets or scratch offs. the only thing i may do before i leave the station is sign the back of the tickets...

The majority of instant tickets I buy come home with me prior to scratching them. It keeps me from running back into the store if I win( more tickets !! ) and keeps me from running back into the store if I lose ( Because I think each losing ticket on a roll is that much closer to a win). LOL

My wife can actually drive and scratch tickets at the same time. I have cautioned her against this practice because she may run off the road if she hits the big one !!

tnlotto1's avatartnlotto1

Quote: Originally posted by DoubleDown on May 18, 2007

The majority of instant tickets I buy come home with me prior to scratching them. It keeps me from running back into the store if I win( more tickets !! ) and keeps me from running back into the store if I lose ( Because I think each losing ticket on a roll is that much closer to a win). LOL

My wife can actually drive and scratch tickets at the same time. I have cautioned her against this practice because she may run off the road if she hits the big one !!

i know what you mean about scratching tickets and then going back inside to exhange the winnings for more tickets. i have done that ended up back in the hole financially,ha ha..Jester Laugh

BabyJC's avatarBabyJC

Regarding Powerball - The April 28 winners came forward this week on Tuesday to claim their jackpot!

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