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Flight attendant wins $1M Georgia Lottery jackpot
A Delta flight attendant can fly the friendly skies as a new millionaire. Kristen Diloreto of Cumming won $1 million playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club. The 40-year-old mother of three purchased the winning ticket at The Publix at 3480 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming. She scratched it in the car. I was thrilled, she said. I took the ticket back to the store manager, and we both looked at each other in disbelief. Diloreto and her husband, Steve, will
Feb 4, 2008, 10:33 pm - Lottery News

Brothers sharing $1M Georgia Lottery jackpot
With a few scratches, brothers Samoeun and Samoeuth Am have achieved a lofty goal only dreamed about by most Americans. On Jan. 4, Samoeuth Am drove from his Jacksonville home to the El Cheapo gas station on Ga. 40 in Kingsland to buy some Georgia Lottery tickets. Among them was a Georgia's $500 Million Club ticket with a top prize of $1 million. Am, who is unemployed, said he scratched off the ticket, which costs $20, near the cash register and stared at the ticket in disbelief. I kep
Jan 16, 2008, 12:20 pm - Lottery News

New Year's Eve lottery raffles from around the USA
In addition to celebrating the new year last night, lottery players from around the United States were checking their raffle tickets to see if they would start 2008 as a new millionaire. Raffle-style lottery drawings were held in several states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia. (Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania drew their raffles a couple days ago.) T
Jan 1, 2008, 10:25 am - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery launches talent search
The Georgia Lottery Corporation is searching for a new host/spokesperson for its daily televised drawings and to make special appearances around the state. To find that special person, the Georgia Lottery has planned an American Idol-like audition at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta on January 7, 2008. The Georgia Lottery Corporation will provide a broadcast pavilion for media partners to broadcast live from the auditions. The lottery will audition the first 4,500
Dec 21, 2007, 3:55 pm - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery winner roundup (Dec. 2007)
Some of the big wins Georgia Lottery players have claimed in the past month. Lawrenceville man redeems Win for Life ticket worth $52,000 A Lawrenceville man is celebrating a lottery win after checking a ticket he purchased two months ago. Garth Cole, 46, matched all six winning numbers in the Oct. 24 Win for Life drawing and won $1,000 a week for a year. Shell Food Mart, 1095 Duluth Highway in Lawrenceville, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket. Winning numbers from the Oct. 24 Win for Li
Dec 16, 2007, 4:14 pm - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery bonuses stir lawmakers into action
The Georgia Lottery board's decision to hand out nearly $3 million in bonuses to employees this year has lawmakers vowing to put new controls on the corporation. Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) filed legislation Friday that would give lawmakers appointments to the Lottery Corp. board. Currently, the governor appoints the board. His bill, which will be considered during the 2008 session, also would mandate that all Lottery Corp. spending, including employee bonuses, be appro
Dec 14, 2007, 10:54 pm - Lottery News

Newspaper criticizes Georgia Lottery bonuses
Lottery job a big win for execs who earn fat bonuses By Maureen Downey, AJC editorial board Dec. 6, 2007 The Georgia Lottery Corp. pitches its Win for Life game as The Game That Offers a Lifetime of Security, a slogan that might also describe a job with the lottery. Equal Time: Lottery bonuses are deserved With $3 million in bonuses handed out this year, lucky employees who end up at the Georgia Lottery have won The Career That Offers a Lifetime of Security. Georgia Lottery
Dec 6, 2007, 7:54 am - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery Chairman defends bonuses
Lottery bonuses are deserved Incentives good business practice By Tony Campbell, Board Chairman of the Georgia Lottery Corporation Dec. 6, 2007 I am dismayed at the public criticism of an extraordinarily successful organization that has achieved record results and contributed record amounts to the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs. Equal Time: Lottery job a big win for execs who earn fat bonuses The Georgia Lottery Corp.'s results have far exceeded expectations. As
Dec 6, 2007, 7:54 am - Lottery News

Georgia lawmakers question lottery bonuses
Top Georgia Republicans are calling for a review of the bonuses awarded to Georgia Lottery officials. Georgia Lottery President Margaret DeFrancisco and her employees collected nearly $3 million dollars in bonuses this year, a sum that has mystified Georgia legislators who three years ago tightened requirements for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship. House Higher Education Committee Chair Bill Hembree called the figures insane and Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh said he wanted to re
Dec 3, 2007, 8:38 am - Lottery News

Lottery no game for Tennessee executive
Standing recently in Neyland Stadium with roaring University of Tennessee football fans, Rebecca Paul Hargrove, the highflying impresario of legalized gambling, proudly waved a symbolic check for a billion dollars. The moment, captured on jumbo screens across the stadium, was among the countless plugs for the fund-raising prowess of Tennessee's lottery, which Hargrove started four years ago. As lottery executives go, few can claim her knack for seizing the spotlight. No matter the occasion, H
Nov 23, 2007, 10:12 am - Lottery News