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Georgia man wins $44,000 at stop sign
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.
May 17, 2007, 2:13 pm - Lottery News

Retiree on road buys winning lottery ticket
Retired salesman Daniel Casey of Fort Pierce, Fla., is one of two winners to match the first five of six winning numbers worth $250,000 in the April 24 Mega Millions drawing, Georgia Lottery officials have announced. Casey, 75, purchased his lucky ticket in Port Wentworth at the Pilot Travel Center on Ga. 21. Winning numbers for the April 24 Mega Millions drawing were: 8-10-35-36-43, and the Mega Ball was 14. Casey said he was traveling to visit family in Connecticut when he stopped fo
May 14, 2007, 7:57 am - Lottery News

Rebecca Paul Hargrove: Former newswoman cashes in on lottery career
If running a state lottery is a risky business, you could say that Rebecca Paul Hargrove has hit the jackpot. The onetime community affairs director of WICS-TV in Springfield, Hargrove then known as Rebecca Paul was named to head the Illinois State Lottery in 1985 by Gov. James Thompson. She went on to be named the first director of Florida's lottery in 1987. Her lottery start-up experience led her to head Georgia's new games in 1993, and in 2003, she was named president and CEO of the
Apr 2, 2007, 1:54 pm - Lottery News

Georgia Trucker Claims Half of Record $390 Million Lottery Jackpot
A truck driver from northwest Georgia came forward Wednesday afternoon to claim half of the record $390 million Mega Millions jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history. Ed Nabors of Rocky Face, about 90 miles north of Atlanta, was the first person to step forward and claim part of the jackpot from Tuesday night's drawing. Nabors told reporters gathered at Atlanta lottery headquarters that he is still numb. He bought the ticket at Favorite Market in Dalton. Because he took
Mar 7, 2007, 10:05 pm - Lottery News

Georgia truck driver gets a piece of lottery history
Sometimes it pays to run a little late. Truck driver Ed Nabors was a little behind on his way to work Tuesday morning, so he didn't stop for coffee at his usual place. At lunchtime he bought a cup at nearby Favorite Market convenience store and chose to spend $10 on lottery tickets. Good decision. Nabors, 52, of Rocky Face, Georgia, discovered Wednesday morning that he had won half the record-setting $390 million Mega Millions jackpot in Tuesday night's drawing. I'm still numb,
Mar 7, 2007, 9:48 pm - Lottery News

Georgia woman nearly forgot about $5M winning lottery ticket
Connie Habeck plays the lottery when the jackpot is at its biggest. When the money goes up, I buy like everybody else, said Habeck of Gray. She said she has always played knowing she would split any winnings with her 35-year-old son Robert, who lives in Athens. What makes the 60-year-old woman different is the $5 million winning scratch-off ticket she nearly forgot in the bottom of her purse. Georgia Lottery officials awarded Habeck a large cardboard check Tuesday afternoon at Neal's
Feb 28, 2007, 11:06 am - Lottery News

Publix workers win $1 million lottery jackpot
Two grocery store workers who won $1 million in the Georgia Lottery will take part in a check presentation ceremony this afternoon at the store where they purchased the tickets. Barbara Chessi Scarbary, 19, of Jackson, and Megan Maloy, 24, of McDonough, won in the instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club. The pair, who work together as customer service associates at a Publix grocery store, scratched the winning ticket Friday while parked outside the McDonough convenience store where they
Feb 7, 2007, 2:27 pm - Lottery News

Nationwide, lotteries struggle to stay competitive
Lotteries across the country are struggling to remain competitive, retaining their players while increasing their bottom lines. Last year, 25 U.S. lotteries reported increased sales, but New York's lottery was one of six that had higher profits. One key to New York's success is that the New York Lottery continues to attempt to be fun and entertaining, said former Lottery Director Nancy Palumbo, who was interviewed before leaving the division late last year. We're constantly challenged to
Jan 31, 2007, 4:03 am - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery sales hit record $1.56 billion
The Georgia Lottery Corp., which finances the HOPE Scholarship program, Thursday announced record sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007. Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco said the six-month numbers were $28.4 million ahead of the same period last year, which was a record at the time. The fiscal year began July 1. Sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007 totaled $1.56 billion, with $400 million going to education more than $4.1 million ahead of last year. The rest
Jan 19, 2007, 1:21 pm - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Raffle results drawn
The Georgia Lottery selected the winning numbers Sunday for its special Millionaire Raffle drawing. Only 500,000 tickets costing $20 each were sold for the raffle. The odds of winning any prize in the Millionaire Raffle game are 1 in 982. The odds of winning one of the four $1 million prizes are 1 in 125,000. The odds of winning one of the five $100,000 prizes are 1 in 100,000. The odds of winning one of the 500 $1,000 prizes are 1 in 1,000. Four tickets worth $1 million each were sol
Dec 31, 2006, 11:31 pm - Lottery News