Wrong ticket wins Georgia woman $25 million
It was a huge mistake, but one with a silver lining for a woman who says her winning $25 million lottery ticket wasn't the one she originally wanted.
Kathy Scruggs, 44, from Lithonia Georgia, says a store clerk mistakenly sold her a lottery ticket for a different game than the one requested.
I asked for a Mega Millions ticket and the lady gave me a Powerball ticket, Ms. Scruggs told the Georgia Lottery.
I just took it anyway, she says, ending up purchasing both types.
That Powerbal ...
Oct 5, 2011, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
$80,000 lottery ticket dropped in church collection plate
Jerry's Mart convenient store is often referred to as the lucky store, Manager Junior Patel said.
The walls are plastered with winning tickets, the highest totaling $750,000 and soon another will be added. One lucky person picked up a $3 Lemon Doubler Cashword ticket and was fortunate enough to scratch off $80,000 what they did next was even more unbelievable.
The unknown winner placed the winning ticket in the collection plate at Cathedral of Prayer Church in Columbus, donating every penn ...
Aug 31, 2011, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Illegal alien faces deportation after threatening his boss over lottery prize
Claims he let boss claim lottery jackpot to avoid being discovered; then gets discovered when he threatened boss
Includes video report
A Georgia man who was jailed for threatening his boss over a disputed $750,000 lottery ticket faces deportation, with authorities saying he is in the U.S. illegally.
Police say Jose Antonio Cua-Toc threatened his boss, Erick Cervantes, and his wife, calling them repeatedly and saying he would kill each of them and their children if they did not give him ...
Aug 24, 2011, 3:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Three winning lottery tickets donated to church
Unity North Atlanta Church on Sandy Plains Road in Northeast Cobb, Georgia, received an unusual gift last week from a generous churchgoer: winning lottery tickets.
The church member, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated three Georgia Lottery tickets totaling more than $4,000 to the northeast Cobb institution.
Staff claimed the prize on behalf of the church Aug. 1.
The Rev. Richard Burdick said the money would go toward the church's mortgage and monthly bills.
The country is in a ...
Aug 9, 2011, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Man scratches $3M Georgia Lottery prize in store
By Todd Northrop
A food mart store manager in Cave Spring, Georgia, sold a winning Georgia Lottery ticket worth $3 million, and witnessed the genuine reaction of the surprised winner.
Marathon Food Mart, 150 Gadsden Road S.W. in Cave Spring, sold a winning $3 million top prize from the instant ticket $3,000,000 Taxes Paid.
Douglas Goffaux of Centre, Ala., claimed his prize July 25 at the Georgia Lottery's Dalton District Office.
The winner scratched it right in front of me, said sto ...
Jul 29, 2011, 12:51 pm - Lottery News forum
$300K win brings Atlanta foster mom sunshine
For 21 years an Atlanta foster mother has cared for children she's considered her own. On the eve of her 72nd birthday, the Georgia Lottery will be taking care of her.
Bonnie Gunter, who celebrates her birthday June 25, has won a $300,000 top prize playing the instant game Lotta Bucks.
Gunter's husband, Rene Jimenez, purchased the ticket and gave it to her.
I started crying, she said. I just feel overwhelmed, and I'm very grateful.
Gunter has three foster children, four adopted chi ...
Jun 27, 2011, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery sets Cash 4 bonus drawing date
By Todd Northrop
Georgia Lottery players will have two chances to win with a bonus Cash 4 drawing scheduled for Friday, June 10. The bonus drawing will be held immediately following the regularly scheduled midday drawing at 12:29 p.m.
All tickets purchased for the June 10 Cash 4 midday drawing will be eligible for both the regularly scheduled drawing and the bonus drawing.
The bonus drawing will not be televised, due to time constraints. However, players will be able to view a video rep ...
Jun 7, 2011, 4:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery to conduct bonus Cash 4 drawing
Date to be announced; makes up for machine error today
By Todd Northrop
Georgia lottery officials announced that a bonus drawing of the Cash 4 game would be forthcoming, due to a mechanical error in Friday's midday draw.
During a review of the Friday, June 3, Cash 4 midday drawing, Georgia Lottery officials determined that a technical malfunction occurred with a ball machine. To make up for the error, the Georgia Lottery will conduct a bonus Cash 4 drawing on a date to be announced, giv ...
Jun 3, 2011, 5:35 pm - Lottery News forum
GREAT DAD: Gives $400K lottery ticket to daughter
A Savannah, Georgia, dad can expect more than a tie for Father's Day after giving his daughter a winning lottery ticket worth $400,000.
Aisha Prater, 32, was shocked when her father handed her the winning ticket Friday.
He gave me a call and said to come home as soon as possible, said Prater, also a Savannah resident. It was a surprise.
The top prize in the 20X The Money scratch-off game was purchased at Country Convenience #1, 12403 White Bluff Road, Savannah.
According to Prater, ...
Apr 29, 2011, 4:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Army veteran returning to Afghanistan wins $250,000
An Army veteran from Fayetteville, Georgia, won a quarter million dollars in the Georgia Lottery days before his return to Afghanistan.
Gregg Curry, a father of three and a master sergeant with the Third U.S. Army Forces Central Command, bought a winning Cool Cash ticket while stopping to buy a bottle of water with his wife, Mary, lottery officials said Friday.
Curry, 47, returns to Afghanistan today. He was home for two weeks from Bagram Airfield, where he's been stationed for seven month ...
Apr 18, 2011, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum