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‘Luckie’ Truck Driver Tows in $1 Million Win on $100 Million Cash Spectacular

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

ATLANTA – Sam Luckie just got luckier. The Atlanta truck driver played $100 Million Cash Spectacular and won the Georgia Lottery instant game’s $1 million top prize.

When asked about the correlation between his last name and his big win, Mr. Luckie nods and says, “I’ve been lucky.”

Cobb Parkway Chevron, located at 2041 Cobb Pkwy. in Marietta, sold the winning ticket.

After scratching the ticket in the store, Mr. Luckie was stunned to discover that he won $1 million. “I was speechless. My heart went in my throat.”

Mr. Luckie rushed home to show the ticket to his wife, Doris. He says she was a little groggy and didn’t realize how much he won. Mr. Luckie asked his wife to take another look at the ticket and says, “Then she was all bubbly. She woke up then!”

According to Mr. Luckie, he kept the ticket in several places, including a book bag and a picture frame, before claiming his prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters.

Mr. Luckie, 55, plans to invest most of his winnings. He is already renovating his home and will use a portion to enhance the improvements.

Mr. and Mrs. Luckie have two sons and three daughters along with seven grandchildren. Mr. Luckie is proud that his stepdaughter is a HOPE scholar at Georgia State University.

$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 $111 million. Eight $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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