Thursday, April 7, 2005
ATLANTA – It was no April Fool’s joke. Thomas Jones of Harlem won $10,000 playing the Georgia Lottery instant game $100 Million Cash Spectacular. Although Mr. Jones purchased the winning ticket after April 1, his wife thought he was pulling an April Fool’s prank.
Georgia Lottery retailer Racetrac #0409, located at 2161 Gordon Hwy. in Augusta, sold the lucky ticket.
Mr. Jones, 49, works as a call scheduler for a construction company. According to Mr. Jones, he will use his winnings to pay bills and to build a storage unit with an air compressor in his backyard.
As a father of two, Mr. Jones is excited and pleased that his oldest son attended school on a HOPE scholarship.
To date, Georgia Lottery players have won more than $138 million playing $100 Million Cash Spectacular. Eleven $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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