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
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 forum
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 forum
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 forum
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 forum