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Columbus retiree picks up $150K in winnings

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ATLANTA – One lucky Columbus retiree has picked up a massive Georgia Lottery prize. Eddie Willis, 70, matched all five numbers from the Feb. 12 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $150,000 jackpot prize.

The lucky winner claimed his prize Feb. 14 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Columbus.

Circle K Stores #6709, 6101 Bradley Park Drive in Columbus, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

“My daughter gave me the first clue when she let me know that somebody in Columbus won,” Willis said. “I checked my numbers, and I was excited.”

Retired, Willis served 30 years working for the fire department and 10 years working for the sheriff’s office. He has two adult children with his wife, Asierlean.

“I want to trade in my daughter’s car for a new car,” Willis said. “My wife and I will enjoy the rest.”

Winning numbers from the Feb. 12 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 1-3-6-11-39.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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