ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corporation’s Million-Dollar Hoopla promotion arrived in the Columbus District, giving a lucky player the chance to win $1 million. Joseph Hunter Jr., a painter from Columbus, will participate in the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event, which will be held at the Atlanta Hawks game on April 1.
Mr. Hunter sank 11 free throws in 30 seconds to win a trip to the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event.
According to Mr. Hunter, 49, he only practiced one day to prepare. “I shot 100 shots on Sunday and my arm got sore so I stopped,” he says with a laugh.
Mr. Hunter, a father of eight, describes his wife Tammie as “excited and ecstatic.” The entire family is rooting him on as he heads to the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event.
“Even if I don’t win, I feel like I’m on top of the world,” says Mr. Hunter.
Million-Dollar Hoopla is an exciting promotion held in conjunction with the popular instant game $100 Million Cash Spectacular. Georgia Lottery players were able to enter a second chance drawing for the opportunity to win $1 million. From the second chance drawing, contestants were chosen to participate in 10 regional free throw basketball events around the state. The Columbus District event was held on Wednesday at LaGrange Mall in LaGrange.
From the 10 regional events, the contestant who makes the highest number of free throws at each event will travel to Atlanta for the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event. One of the 10 lucky finalists will have a chance to win $1 million.
$100 Million Cash Spectacular tickets went on sale on Feb. 1. The game and promotion were launched at Philips Arena with the support of Atlanta Hawks/Thrashers owners Michael Gearon and Rutherford Seydel along with former Hawks great Dominique Wilkins. After two exciting months, the promotional events will culminate at Philips Arena with the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event.
$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. To date, Georgia Lottery players have won more than $102 million playing $100 Million Cash Spectacular. Seven $1 million top prizes have been claimed.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.2 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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