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Columbia County woman wins solid $250K for 30 years

Monday, March 12, 2012

Columbia County woman wins solid $250K for 30 years

Decades of Dollars windfall is 2nd for couple

ATLANTA – An Evans woman has gained decades of winnings from the Georgia Lottery just weeks from her birthday.

Dianne Reid, who will celebrate her birthday March 29, matched the winning numbers in the March 5 Decades of Dollars drawing, netting $250,000 a year for 30 years.

The win is the second Decades of Dollars win for Reid since her husband, William Perkins, won a $10,000 prize from playing the game last May.

Margaret DeFrancisco, Georgia Lottery’s president & CEO, awarded Reid an oversized check Friday at Circle K #3177, located at 4403 Washington Road in Evans, the store where she purchased the lucky Quik Pik.

Winning numbers from the March 5 drawing were: 21-28-32-39-41-42.

From the couple’s $10,000 win, the majority of it went into savings, Reid said.

“We plan to buy our granddaughter a new car for her 18th birthday,” the grandmother said of their latest plans.

The possibility of winning the top prize is what attracted the couple to play the multi-state game.

“We’ve been buying them since the game started,” said Reid, whose $10,000 winning ticket also was purchased at a Circle K store in Evans.

Her husband checked the results of the drawing, calling the Georgia Lottery’s Player Information hot line.

“When my husband woke me up at 8 a.m., I was stunned,” Reid said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Decades of Dollars is a multi-state game played in Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky and Arkansas.

The game offers a top prize of $250,000 a year for 30 years or a one-time cash option amount of $4 million. The game has a $10,000 second prize.

Decades of Dollars drawings are held at 11 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Tickets cost $2 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Decades of Dollars will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.1 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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