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Columbus Man Celebrates $1 Million Lottery Win

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

ATLANTA – When John Champion won $20 playing the Georgia Lottery instant game $100 Million Cash Spectacular, he purchased two more tickets with his winnings. That turned out to be a spectacular decision. With the second ticket, he became an instant millionaire.

After winning the $1 million top prize on $100 Million Cash Spectacular, Mr. Champion was in disbelief. “I called my mother and told her I thought I just won $1 million,” he says. “She suggested I call my brother and have him take a look.” After a few more calls and a few more glances at the winning ticket, Mr. Champion realized he had won.

With his new winnings, Mr. Champion plans on “purchasing a new home and saving for his daughter’s education.”

Georgia Lottery retailer Solo Shop, located at 3933 Buena Vista Rd. in Columbus, sold the lucky ticket.

To date, Georgia Lottery players have won more than $178 million on $100 Million Cash Spectacular. Thirteen $1 million top prizes have been claimed.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.4 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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