ATLANTA – Andrew “Andy” Minchew and Jack “Jay” Pruitt grew up together, started a business together, and now they’ve won the lottery together. The Brunswick residents played the Georgia Lottery instant game $100 Million Cash Spectacular and won the $1 million top prize.
According to the duo, they purchased two $100 Million Cash Spectacular tickets and won a total of $65. They bought another ticket with a portion of their winnings and won a free ticket. That free ticket was worth $1 million.
As Mr. Minchew drove, Mr. Pruitt scratched the lucky ticket and said, “Andy, you’re not going to believe this. We just won $1 million!”
According to Mr. Minchew, he thought his pal was joking. “I pulled over and grabbed the ticket and looked at it.”
The buddies and business partners, who own South Georgia Ceramic and Stone, claimed their prize as a partnership. They both say that they will give their winnings to their wives and children. Mr. Minchew, 32, and his wife, Jennifer, have a 2-year-old son, Drew. Mr. Pruitt, 31, and his wife, Alicia, have two children – Emma, 4, and Jack, 9 months.
Mr. Minchew and Mr. Pruitt say they appreciate the Georgia Lottery for its contributions to education around the state. “It’s definitely worth playing,” expresses Mr. Pruitt. “We’re supporting education.”
Georgia Lottery retailer Bunky’s, located at 2803 Glynn Ave. in Brunswick, sold the winning ticket.
$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, Georgia Lottery players have won more than $87 million. Seven $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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