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Landscaper Reaps $500,000 Lottery Win

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

ATLANTA – Collis Boggus of Dawsonville played the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and won a free ticket. He scratched the free ticket and won the game’s $500,000 top prize.

“I thought my eyes were playing tricks,” says Mr. Boggus, 28. “My knees got weak.”

The lucky ticket was purchased at Sanky’s, located at 6566 Hwy. 55 E. in Dawsonville. After a clerk confirmed Mr. Boggus’ win, the entire store celebrated.

Making a play on his name, Mr. Boggus laughs and says, “I’m the only one who can write a ‘Boggus’ check.” He and his wife, Alicia, have already started thinking about what checks to write with their winnings. They will pay off their home mortgage and head to the beach for a family vacation.

In addition, Mr. Boggus plans to invest in the business he started a few months ago, Lakeshore Landscaping.

Mr. and Mrs. Boggus have two children. Their six-year-old daughter Brianna attended lottery-funded prekindergarten, and they’re looking forward to next year when their son Christopher, 3, will enroll. “It’s wonderful!” Mr. Boggus exclaims.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7 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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