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Georgia man wins $250,000 in Mega Millions

Mega MillionsMega Millions: 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 airport. Peace and his mother listened to the automated voice read off the numbers on the phone's speaker setting - "11-41-21-24-31..."

Like a wide-eyed Charlie Bucket pulling the golden ticket from a Wonka bar, Peace listened and watched in amazement as the first five numbers matched the top row on his ticket.

"I was hysterical," he said. "My eyes were watering. I was shaking."

Peace said he suddenly couldn't figure out how to get off the expressway.

"I think we circled the airport three times."

Peace called Yelton, of Senoia, to give her the big news.

"She didn't believe me," he said.

Yelton, who Peace said had always been a skeptic when it came to playing the lottery, let the news sink in for a few minutes. When she realized what Peace's winnings would be, she called him back.

Peace missed the Mega Millions $65-million jackpot by one digit - the Power Ball number was 23, his ticket read "33."

Peace received a check for $250,000.

"I won more than enough," he said. "I'm very thankful for what I got."

Peace found out about the win that Saturday morning. He couldn't claim his check until the following Monday. In that time, he set up a meeting with a financial adviser and made necessary arrangements.

When he had the check in hand, he'd already mapped out the next steps.

Peace attended Falcon Field's Aviation Academy several years ago in hopes of earning a commercial pilot's license. The cost of school, however, proved to be too much at the time. Since then, Peace has juggled jobs in an attempt to save money and return to the academy.

He reunited with Yelton, a high school classmate, during that time.

Peace has set aside a bulk of his winnings for school, and has already enrolled at Falcon Field.

In addition to flight school, Peace paid off his bills, gave a portion of his winnings to his mother, invested a sizable amount and has set some aside "for play," he said.

Proceeds from Georgia Lottery games are earmarked to benefit education in Georgia. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $9 billion to the state for education. Profits pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Pre-K program.

More than one million students have received the HOPE Scholarship to date, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary pre-K program.

The Times-Herald

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Coastal Georgia
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Posted: July 23, 2007, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

Congratulations, Mr. Peace.  Banana

 

$250,000 would give me a little peace myself....

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: July 23, 2007, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations, Mr. Peace.  Banana

     

    $250,000 would give me a little peace myself....

    Congrat'$$$$$$

    on this GEORGA WINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

    Hope^^^^^^^ student's..hope

    GEORGIA will not follow the great state of TN w/..................RNG!!

    GEORGIA GOVERMENT........please EXPLAIN to the POOR PEOPLE>>

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> LIL ole<POOR PEOPLE<<

    why U capital monkey's^^^^^ would< change the present lottery rules & REGULATION's!

    Hiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind ComputerUS FlagJack-in-the-BoxCrying

    Chair<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Hiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind Computer

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      Posted: July 24, 2007, 11:16 am - IP Logged

      Congrat'$$$$$$

      on this GEORGA WINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

      Hope^^^^^^^ student's..hope

      GEORGIA will not follow the great state of TN w/..................RNG!!

      GEORGIA GOVERMENT........please EXPLAIN to the POOR PEOPLE>>

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> LIL ole<POOR PEOPLE<<

      why U capital monkey's^^^^^ would< change the present lottery rules & REGULATION's!

      Hiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind ComputerUS FlagJack-in-the-BoxCrying

      Chair<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Hiding Behind ComputerHiding Behind Computer

      psychomo, if someone is going to screw the public...you know it would be tennesee.Hit With Stick   Ky usually follows.No No Capital monkeys is putting it nicely. LOL

      voir-vous dans mes reves!Cool

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        Posted: July 27, 2007, 11:33 am - IP Logged

        psychomo, if someone is going to screw the public...you know it would be tennesee.Hit With Stick   Ky usually follows.No No Capital monkeys is putting it nicely. LOL

        Let's hope Tennesee uses KY before they screw the public, at least that way, it will be a bit easier for all parties to deal with.

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          Posted: July 29, 2007, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

          SirMetro, it appears that Tennessee used no lubricant on it's players.....

           

                                         

                        

           

           


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            Posted: August 4, 2007, 2:14 am - IP Logged


            Congratulatins to Mr. Peace for getting $250K. I hope he doesn't have problems later in life. That was really close. It was a CA SLP pick through Mega Millions.