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Powerball to North Pole: 3 friends to share $1M prize

Friday, March 22, 2013

ATLANTA – Three lucky winners have come forward to claim their $1 million Powerball prize. Kenneth Wilson and Sanford Watson of Macon, and James Scoles of North Pole, Alaska, matched the first five numbers from the March 16 Powerball drawing, winning $1 million.

They claimed their prize Thursday afternoon at the Georgia Lottery’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Jet Food Store #0054, 5588 Ga. Highway 57 in Macon, sold the lucky Quik Pik ticket.

Wilson, 59, said the longtime friends made a pact several years ago to share large winnings from a lottery.

On the day of the drawing, a fortune cookie tipped Scoles of the group’s pending treasure.

“It said, ‘You’re going to win the lottery,’ ” explained Scoles, 56.

Wilson watched the televised drawing and notified the others of their win. Scoles flew from Alaska to meet his friends and claim their prize.

Winning numbers from the March 16 Powerball drawing were: 3-7-21-44-53 and the Powerball was 16.

Saturday’s jackpot is at an estimated $320 million to a single annuity winner. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14 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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