Georgia Lottery had record sales
A struggling economy hasn't kept Georgians from buying lottery tickets.
The Georgia Lottery announced Tuesday that sales for fiscal 2008, which ended June 30, were just under $3.52 billion, a record in the 15-year history of the games.
That's more than $97.6 million ahead of last year's record sales.
The Georgia Lottery transferred $858 million of that to the state for education programs, surpassing last year's record transfer by more than $4.8 million.
Lottery proceeds pay for t ...
Jul 15, 2008, 7:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia man wins $250,000 twice in three months
Lottery lightning strikes twice for Chesterfield man
When he won in the February 22, 2008, Mega Millions drawing, he joked with Virginia Lottery officials, I'll see you next time. Little did he know, there really would be a next time.
Three months later, the same lucky lottery player was back at Lottery headquarters with another Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000.
When asked about his amazing luck, Mr. Branch replied, I really can't explain it!
Mr. Branch matched the first five ...
Jun 6, 2008, 5:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Kellogg's worker won't change much after winning $1M lottery jackpot
Nancy Edwards headed to work $1 million richer this afternoon. Edwards, a Cave Spring, Georgia, resident employed at the Kellogg's plant in Rome, received a check today for winning the Georgia Lottery scratch-off game Cash Explosion then headed to her job at the plant.
The presentation was held during her lunch break at the Kangaroo station located at 3131 Maple St. in Lindale where Edwards purchased the $10 ticket from clerk, and friend, Tia Frick.
I'm so happy that I sold the $1 milli ...
Jun 4, 2008, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Ex-boyfriend charged with killing $5M lottery winner
The world, or at least a small corner of it, was hers a year ago. Doris Murray, mother of four, had won $5 million in the Georgia Lottery on her 41st birthday. She posed for a photograph with big ceremonial check at the Amba Food Store in East Dublin, where she had bought her winning lottery ticket. And, according to a press release from the Georgia Lottery Corp., she declared This is the best birthday ever.
On Monday, Murray was found dead in the same modest block home she had lived in on ...
May 9, 2008, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery makes three new millionaires
Columbus grandfather wins $5 million
A Columbus, Georgia, grandpa is celebrating a $5 million Georgia Lottery win. Prentiss Shumaker, 70, played the instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club and won $5 million.
Milgen Road Foodmart, located at 4254 Milgen Road in Columbus, sold the top prize ticket. Shumaker scratched his ticket in the store.
I stood there and looked at it, he said. I showed it to the store clerk, and he shook my hand.
Shumaker has one adult daughter and two gra ...
Mar 26, 2008, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum
Mega lottery winners to leave 'check-by-check' days
Day three in the lives of Georgia's newest multi-millionaires began with a round of interviews on Monday morning television shows for the winners of Friday night's $270 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Robert and Tonya Harris were expected to present their winning ticket to Georgia Lottery officials later in the day for validation, but Tonya Harris said early Monday that the couple's family was already plotting ways to spend some of the windfall.
Robert Harris, a 47-year-old iron worker from ...
Feb 25, 2008, 4:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia legislature wants lottery to crack down on bonuses
Lawmakers are moving to increase legislative oversight of the Georgia Lottery Corp. because of anger about the $3 million in employee bonuses the organization handed out last year.
The House Higher Education Committee on Thursday passed a bill giving legislative leaders the authority to appoint two-thirds of the Lottery Corp. board.
Currently, the governor appoints the board, which oversees the corporation and approves its budget.
The legislation, which would require the new board to ap ...
Feb 8, 2008, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
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 forum
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 forum
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.)
Jan 1, 2008, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum