Thursday, November 29, 2012
ATLANTA – Winning a $1 million prize from the Georgia Lottery has eclipsed all of the goodies hoped for on one Clayton County man’s holiday wish list. David Jackson of Riverdale has won $1 million from Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, a record jackpot of $588 million.
Jackson, 33, matched the first five winning numbers to clinch a $1 million second prize. Two winning tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri split the $588 million Powerball jackpot.
Georgia’s lucky winner claimed his prize Thursday morning at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.
Winning numbers from the historic Nov. 28 Powerball drawing were: 5-16-22-23-29 and the Powerball was 6.
“I would have been happy winning $100,” Jackson said. “This will definitely change my life.”
Georgia Food Mart #0001, located at 377 Highway 138 S.W. in Riverdale, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.
Jackson discovered his windfall on the Georgia Lottery’s website about two hours after the televised drawing.
The father of six said that already he’d planned to be with his family over the holidays. Now he anticipates buying just about “whatever they want.”
“Their list is as thick as the Yellow Pages, but they’ll get what they need, which are educational toys,” Jackson shared. “As long as the family is happy, I’m OK.”
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit:
www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.powerball.com
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