Thursday, February 17, 2005
ATLANTA – A great-grandmother is Georgia’s newest millionaire. Wilma Jean Moore of Pearson won $1 million on the Georgia Lottery instant game $100 Million Cash Spectacular. Mrs. Moore, 64, is the fourth Georgia Lottery player to claim the game’s $1 million top prize.
According to Mrs. Moore, she was at home when the lucky ticket was scratched on Thursday, Feb. 17. “I hollered and fell to the floor,” she says.
Mrs. Moore arrived at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta this morning to claim her prize. She was accompanied by her husband of 44 years, Isiah, and her son, Andrew.
Mrs. Moore has eight children, 17 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She says that her winnings will be invested in the future of her family.
According to Mrs. Moore, she’s never won anything like this before, but she has always considered herself to be lucky in life.
The winning ticket was purchased at Pearson Stop and Shop, located at 621 S. Main St. in Pearson.
$100 Million Cash Spectacular has 10 $1 million top prizes and the highest payout percentage in Georgia Lottery history. Georgia Lottery players have the chance to win over $118 million in total cash prizes. Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, Feb. 1. To date, $100 Million Cash Spectacular sales have surpassed $57 million with Georgia Lottery players winning over $42 million. Four $1 million top prizes have been claimed.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7 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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