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Fantasy 5 Winner to Help Underprivileged with Prize

Monday, March 7, 2005

ATLANTA – Don Wilson of Smyrna has always dreamed of operating a transition house for those in need. After winning $423,781 in Friday’s Fantasy 5 drawing, Mr. Wilson is hammering out a plan for his “dream home.”

As vice president of operations and general counsel for a company that does construction for low-income residents, Mr. Wilson has built a career around helping others. His wife, Rose, acts as office manager for the company – Oriris Global Corporation. Now Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are on a personal crusade to make a difference.

“We hope to impact some lives,” states Mr. Wilson, 48.

Mr. Wilson lists the homeless and battered women as those he would like to help. “They just need a place that’s safe,” he shares. “I already have my eye on a building.”

According to Mr. Wilson, he watched Friday night’s Fantasy 5 drawing and wrote the winning numbers down on his ticket. He compared the winning combination to his Quik Pik numbers and was shocked to see that he won the top prize.

Mrs. Wilson heard her husband celebrating and says, “I double-checked, and then I started dancing.”

“She was up all night, and I slept like a baby,” Mr. Wilson says laughing.

The following morning, the couple visited a Georgia Lottery retailer to confirm their win. Once the retailer verified the great news, Mrs. Wilson started dancing again.

“I would have never imagined that this could happen,” says Mr. Wilson. “We’re just regular people.”

The winning numbers for the Fantasy 5 drawing on Friday were: 2-22-31-35-39. The lucky ticket was purchased at Marathon Food Mart located at 2651 Powder Springs Rd. in Powder Springs.

Georgia Lottery retailers selling winning Fantasy 5 tickets receive a retailer incentive bonus of $2,000. The retailer incentive bonus increases by $2,000 each time Fantasy 5 rolls. If more than one winning top prize ticket is sold, the retailers selling the top prize winning tickets will share the bonus. Marathon Food Mart will receive a retailer incentive bonus of $10,000.

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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