Friday, July 13, 2012
ATLANTA – An Alabama office pool has collected more than a wad of water with the Georgia Lottery. Twelve members of the Eufaula Water Works office pool won $250,000 from matching the first five winning numbers in the July 10 Mega Millions drawing.
Those members, who work for the city of Eufaula Water Works & Sewer Department in Eufaula, Ala., each claimed their share Thursday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Columbus.
Members of the Eufaula Water Works office pool are Michael Taylor, Walter Broome Jr., Toney Coleman, Tonya Ward, William Renfroe, Rodger Pippin, David Flowers and Greely Potts of Eufaula, Ala.; Jeffery McMiller and Steven Loden of Georgetown, Ga.; Curtis Hillman Jr. of Abbeville, Ala.; and Stacey Caldwell of Panama City Beach, Fla.
Office pool leader Michael Taylor, 41, buys tickets twice a week for the group. The group has played Mega Millions for eight years, keeping the same numbers.
“By keeping the same numbers, I think you have a better chance,” said Taylor, speaking on behalf of the group.
Winning numbers from the July 10 Mega Millions drawing were: 3-11-19-23-36 and the Mega Ball was 21.
Yogi Food Mart, 763 U.S. Highway 82 in Georgetown, sold the winning numbers.
According to Taylor, a store employee notified the group while they all were at work.
“Someone from the store called and said, ‘I think you need to check your numbers,’ ” Taylor recalled. “We all reacted pretty ecstatic. We jumped all around.”
Winning the prize has prompted members to dedicate their share in a number of ways.
“I’m going to put it in savings,” Taylor said of his share. “I’ve heard (others say) buying new tires, buying a flat screen TV, fixing the transmission on a truck – just all kinds of stuff.”
Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $21 million to a single annuity winner.
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.
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