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Georgia bankers claim $19 million Lotto South jackpot

Lotto SouthLotto South: Georgia bankers claim $19 million Lotto South jackpot

For those looking for a job in banking, sit tight. There may be two openings soon.

Sam and Ronnie Deli, two bankers from Suwanee, Georgia, won the Lotto South $19 million jackpot Saturday, according to Georgia Lottery Corp. officials.
The couple took the ticket with the winning numbers 1, 16, 30, 41, 47 and 49 Monday to the lottery's offices in Atlanta, where it was verified.
In a statement released Monday by the Georgia Lottery, Sam Deli, 54, said he learned that he had the winning ticket on Sunday morning when he called the lottery's information hotline.
"I was in total shock," Deli told lottery officials. "So I waited 10 minutes and called again."
He waited for his wife to wake up and told her while she was cooking breakfast.
"It was like being told that we held the golden ticket for Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory," Ronnie Deli, 49, told lottery officials.
The couple told lottery officials that they plan to retire from their jobs and that they may buy new vehicles and a boat.
Calls to the Deli home Monday went unanswered.
Georgia is one of three states that participate in Lotto South. Virginia and Kentucky are the others.
The Delis chose to receive their winnings in 30 annual installment payments, lottery officials said.
The couple bought the ticket at a Suwanee QuikTrip, located at 1075 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
The store is eligible to receive a $25,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, officials said.
The Delis are the second big lottery winners from Gwinnett in the last two years. In 2002, 20-year-old Dacula resident Erika Greene bought one of three winning tickets to a $331 million jackpot.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Posted: April 6, 2004, 3:27 pm - IP Logged

They may be bankers, but the don't know squat about money.