Thursday, March 31, 2005
ATLANTA – Jerry Brinkley of Dearing netted a chance to take a million-dollar shot during the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event. Although Mr. Brinkley missed in his attempt to sink the half-court shot during halftime of the Atlanta Hawks game on Friday (4/1) night, he still scores a $5,000 prize.
"It was awesome!" exclaims Mr. Brinkley. "I don’t know how to put it into words. I’m thankful for my health, for my family, and just for the opportunity to be here. It’s been great."
Mr. Brinkley hit the backboard in a solid attempt. He was cheered on by the roaring crowd and 11 family members, including his wife, Rebecca, and 11-year-old daughter, Karlee. According to Mr. Brinkley, his basketball experience is limited to playing horse in the backyard with his daughter.
Mr. Brinkley, a 46-year-old building contractor, is still considering how to spend his $5,000 prize. He says that he may pay bills and take his family on a vacation. 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 Hawks/Thrashers owners Michael Gearon and Rutherford Seydel along with former Hawks great 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 culminated 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 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 participated in the Grand Prize Million-Dollar Hoopla Event. Mr. Brinkley was randomly selected from the 10 finalists to take the $1 million shot.
"Million-Dollar Hoopla has been an extremely popular and fun promotion that raised additional dollars for education," said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. "We are pleased that Georgia’s students are winning everyday with the educational programs we fund."
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7 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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