Georgians win big in lottery
An Alpharetta salesman, a former HOPE scholarship recipient and a grandmother are some of recent Georgia lottery winners.
Their winnings, ranging from $50,000 to $777,777, total more than $1.6 million.
Alpharetta linen salesman, Ronnie Adams, 63, matched the first five winning numbers in the July 10 Mega Millions drawing, winning $250,000.
He saw the winning numbers in the sports section of a local newspaper and decided to check online.
I called my wife over, and we both were just s ...
Jul 17, 2009, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia carpenter wins lottery twice in a week
One week after winning $1,000 in the Georgia Lottery, a 62-year-old carpenter struck it really big.
Earl Fritz took home the top prize of $777,777 in the instant game Super Lucky 7's.
I felt lucky last week, the Augusta resident said. Now I feel a little bit luckier.
He purchased his ticket at Ms. Carolyn's, 2416 Windsor Spring Road, and scratched it. At first, Fritz didn't realize what he had.
I didn't have my glasses on, he said. It looked like a blur.
Fritz's first win came ...
Jun 22, 2009, 9:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Husband, then wife, wins lottery
The Hills were excited when they won $5,000 from the Georgia Lottery. But excited doesn't begin to cover how they felt one week later, when they won again this time a $1 million prize.
I was really ecstatic about the $5,000, Hill said, but then, boom! When I got this one I was just like, 'Wow, I can't believe this. My life is going to change for the better.'
Karen Hill, a 34-year-old mother of two, bought the winning ticket for the World Class Millions instant game at City Chevron, 701 E ...
Jun 11, 2009, 10:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Lucky grandparents strike it big in Ga. lottery
Apparently, it pays to be a grandparent.
The latest big winners in the Georgia Lottery have a combined 17 grandchildren between them.
Brenda Lee, 60, who works at a lawn-mower assembly plant, won $500,000 in the instant game Jumbo Bucks. The Statesboro woman bought the ticket at Ambe Food Mart and scratched it in her car.
I called my daughter and asked her to come quickly because I couldn't drive, said Lee, who has two children and four grandchildren. I also showed the clerk. I just co ...
Jun 11, 2009, 1:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Forgotten lottery ticket worth $250,000
A lottery ticket tucked away in a wallet for months turned out to be a winner, worth $250,000.
Michael Johnson, of Lexington, Ky., bought the Mega Millions ticket during a business trip to metro Atlanta back in February.
He slipped the lottery ticket into his wallet and forgot about it.
Last week he found the three-month old ticket, checked the numbers, and found out he was holding a winning ticket.
He matched all five numbers in the drawing, but not the mega ball.
I didn't screa ...
Jun 8, 2009, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins $1 million in lottery
A Gainesville man's life may have been opened to new possibilities after winning a $1 million Georgia Lottery prize.
Donald Grant, 58, won the lottery after purchasing a World Class Millions ticket, a Georgia Lottery instant game, with his morning cappuccino.
This is a lucky day, Grant said of winning his prize. I was stunned.
The winning ticket was purchased at Circle M Food Shop on 2310 Old Cornelia Highway in Gainesville.
According to Grant, winning his prize opens up a realm of ...
Jun 2, 2009, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery chief says Arkansas can clear $125M in first year
New commission urged to focus on hiring director
South Carolina lottery director Ernie Passailaigue estimated that the Arkansas lottery could clear roughly $125 million in net profit its first year.
Passailaigue spoke to Arkansas Lottery Commission members Thursday afternoon at a working retreat held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute within Petit Jean State Park. Joining him to pass along expertise in helping implement successful state lotteries was Margaret DeFrancisco, director of th ...
May 15, 2009, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins lottery 3 times
Figure the odds: Three winning lottery tickets one of them for $1 million all in the same day.
Michael Warner, 61, of Grayson, Georgia, won the big prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game World Class Millions, and topped off his winnings with $500 from another instant game, Extreme Green, and $20 from a third lottery ticket.
I could hardly breathe, said the retired Lucent Technologies employee. I was just at the right place at the right time.
On the afternoon of April 19, Warne ...
May 8, 2009, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery holds first Weekly WinFall drawing
The Georgia Lottery held the first of 11 Weekly WinFall drawings, combining the big payout of a raffle game with the drawings of a weekly draw game.
The winning numbers for Weekly WinFall are updated at Lottery Post's Georgia Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/ga) after each weekly drawing takes place.
The first drawing, conducted April 25, awarded 10 prizes of $5,000 to holders of tickets sold in the previous week.
Unlike other state raffle games with early bird -style d ...
Apr 29, 2009, 10:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Hitting the jackpot: Rebecca Hargrove's winning strategy
Tenn. Lottery CEO says tickets seem recession-proof, help fund college educations
You may not have heard of Rebecca Paul Hargrove, but in the lottery world, she's a celebrity.
The brash, hard-charging CEO of the Tennessee lottery has accomplished what nobody else has in the state-run gaming business. She ran the lottery in Illinois where sales topped $1.3 billion. Next, Hargrove moved to Florida, where she set a new record: $95 million in sales the first week.
In Florida, Hargrove's mar ...
Mar 29, 2009, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum