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Gwinnett County father wins $250K Mega Millions prize

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ATLANTA – A father from Gwinnett County has won a quarter of a million dollars from the Georgia Lottery. Akbar Ali of Lilburn won a $250,000 prize from matching the first five winning numbers in the April 20 Mega Millions drawing.

Ali, 42, claimed his prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

“I wanted to take my time and set up a game plan,” said Ali, explaining his decision to wait before claiming his prize.

The lucky winner and his wife, Anila, have one daughter whom they intend on enrolling into a private school.

“We will take a short vacation and put the remainder away in savings and retirement,” Ali shared.

A financial services manager, Ali said he picked three of his own numbers and selected the Quik Pik option for the others.

“I had a bunch of tickets, and I was going through them,” he said. “When I saw the ticket, I said ‘aha!’”

Winning numbers from the April 20 Mega Millions drawing were: 14-23-26-33-35 and the Mega Ball was: 40.

East Point Lotto, 2925 Headland Drive in Atlanta, sold the winning ticket.

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

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.4 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. and Mega Millions, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com

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