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Georgia LotteryÂ’s Million-Dollar Hoopla Swoops through Metro Atlanta

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corporation’s Million-Dollar Hoopla promotion is making a stop in the Atlanta District to give a lucky player the chance to win $1 million. A Million-Dollar Hoopla Regional Qualifying Event will be held on Friday, March 25 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Town Center at Cobb, located at 400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. NW in Kennesaw. The contest segment of the event will begin at 7 p.m.

“This is our biggest statewide promotion ever,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “The response from our players has been phenomenal, and we’re thrilled that someone will have the chance to win $1 million.”

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 – including Friday’s event in Kennesaw. The public is invited to cheer on contestants and to enjoy other entertainment and prizes.

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 during the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event, which will be held at the Atlanta Hawks game on April 1.

$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 Wilkins. After two exciting months, the promotional events will culminate at Philips Arena with the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event.

To date, Georgia Lottery players have won over $113 million on $100 Million Cash Spectacular. Eight $1 million top prizes have been claimed.

“The educational programs we fund are directly benefiting from the popularity of this exciting game and promotion,” said DeFrancisco. “Georgia Lottery employees and retailers have worked very hard, and we are pleased with the level of success.”

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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