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Tarrytown Man Wins $8 Million Playing Lotto South

Sunday, July 18, 2004

ATLANTA – Billy Knight correctly matched the numbers for the July 14 Lotto South drawing and became Georgia’s newest millionaire. Mr. Knight, of Tarrytown, GA won the Lotto South jackpot worth an annuitized $8 million. Mr. Knight selected the cash option, which amounted to over $3.9 million before taxes.

“It’s exciting to have another winning Lotto South jackpot ticket sold in Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “Just as exciting is knowing how much Georgia’s students are gaining through the educational programs we fund.”

The winning numbers for the July 14 Lotto South drawing were: 01-03-10-23-38-47. The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at Flash Foods #0067, located at Hwy. 221 South in Soperton.

Mr. Knight, a retired father of three and grandfather of four, purchased the lucky Lotto South ticket after stopping for gas. The following day, while visiting his daughter, she informed him that a winning Lotto South ticket was sold the night before in Soperton. She asked if he had purchased a ticket for the drawing. “I went home to check my ticket and couldn’t believe my eyes, I had matched every number,” said Mr. Knight.

Mr. Knight said he plans on spending a portion of his winnings “purchasing some land and going on a few hunting trips.”

Retailers are also winners with the retailer incentive bonus. Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Lotto South jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Flash Foods will receive a $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Lotto South sales will benefit education in the state of Georgia. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $6.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.

 

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