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Georgia Lottery Announces Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Finale

Thursday, March 31, 2005

1 Lucky Contestant, 1 Shot for 1 Million Dollars

ATLANTA – It’s tip-off time for the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event. The Grand Prize event will be held on Friday, April 1 at Philips Arena during halftime of the Atlanta Hawks game. One of 10 lucky contestants will be randomly selected by Georgia Lottery officials to take a shot for $1 million.

“Million-Dollar Hoopla has been a huge success, and we’re excited that someone will have a chance to win $1 million,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “While Million-Dollar Hoopla has created excitement around the state, the promotion has also helped generate dollars for the important educational programs we fund.”

Million-Dollar Hoopla is the Georgia Lottery’s largest statewide promotion ever, held in conjunction with the popular instant game $100 Million Cash Spectacular. The game and promotion were launched in February at Philips Arena with the support of Atlanta businessmen Michael Gearon and Rutherford Seydel along with Dominique Wilkins. To date, Georgia Lottery players have won more than $120 million playing $100 Million Cash Spectacular with eight $1 million top prizes claimed.

After two exciting months, the promotional events will culminate with the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event. 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 by Georgia Lottery officials to participate in 10 regional free throw basketball events around the state. The contestant who made the highest number of free throws at each regional event will participate in the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event.

Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event participants and their cities of residence are: Jerry Brinkley, Dearing; Sandra Gaskin, Douglas; Charles North Sr., Donalsonville; Joseph Hunter Jr., Columbus; Stanley Brown, Carnesville; Lando Scantland, Ringgold; Marty Roberts, Covington; Ron Hilderbrand, Macon; Bobby Gibson, Marietta; and Frank Belcastro, Buckhead.

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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