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Retired newspaper deliveryman handles $1M prize

Friday, August 31, 2012

ATLANTA – A retired newspaper deliveryman has notched a $1 million Powerball prize from the Georgia Lottery. J.T. Willis, who delivered newspapers for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 14 years, matched the first five numbers from the Aug. 8 drawing, winning a second prize of $1 million.

A Lawrenceville resident, Willis claimed his prize Thursday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

“I just found out,” explained the lucky winner.

Norcross Food Mart, 2505 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville, sold the winning ticket.

Willis, who has one adult son with his wife, Verdella, has no immediate plans for his windfall.

“I’m too young to make plans. I just do it,” quipped Willis, 72.

Winning numbers from the Aug. 8 drawing were: 3-7-11-15-28 and the Powerball was 12.

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is at an estimated $80 million to a single annuity winner. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

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

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 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 Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.powerball.com

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