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Sautee Nacoochee Woman Wins $175,000 on Mega Millions

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

ATLANTA – When Vanessa Paul couldn’t fall asleep on Sunday (6/15) night, she called the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s Player Information Hotline to check her Mega Millions ticket for Friday’s (6/13) drawing. Now instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, Mrs. Paul can count the $175,000 she won by matching the first five winning numbers. Mrs. Paul, 34, resides in Sautee Nacoochee with her husband, Gilbert, and their daughters Emma, Elena and Enola. According to Mrs. Paul, her husband purchases one Mega Millions ticket for her every Friday. Deviney’s Service Express, located at 5028 Helen Hwy. in Sautee Nacoochee sold the lucky Quik Pik ticket. The winning numbers for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 12-15-16-20-51 and the Gold Mega Ball was 33. "We've been trying to build a house, and this will do it," says Mrs. Paul. "It'll make things so much easier." Mrs. Paul has also enjoyed the educational benefits of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. As a HOPE scholar, she graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest. 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 Corporation has returned over $5.8 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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