Thursday, September 6, 2012
ATLANTA – A Savannah pharmacy technician was served with a healthy half-million dollar dose in winnings from the Georgia Lottery. Leah Petersen, 39, won a $500,000 top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.
Petersen said winning the prize is “exciting and life changing.”
“It’s a dream come true,” the lucky winner exclaimed.
Petersen purchased the ticket at Publix Super Market #0456, 155 Johnny Mercer Blvd. in Savannah, while on her lunch break.
“I was crying with happy tears and jumping for joy,” she said. “I said, ‘Somebody pinch me!’”
In celebration of her win, Petersen and her husband, Kenny, anticipate vacationing at Disney World.
“We’re going to pay off all of our bills,” she shared. “We’re going to invest some and buy a house.”
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.
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