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Savannah Family Wins $50 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

Sunday, August 10, 2003

ATLANTA – Richard Mika, his wife Robin and their two daughters arrived at the Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta, GA, on Monday and became Georgia's largest Mega Millions winners to date. There was one winning ticket sold for Friday's (8/8) Mega Millions drawing, worth an annuitized $50 million. Mr. Mika selected the cash option, which amounted to more than $28 million before taxes.

"It's exciting to have another winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in Georgia," said Rebecca Paul, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. "Just as exciting is knowing how much Georgia's students are gaining through the educational programs we fund."

The winning numbers for Friday's Mega Millions drawing were: 6-9-35-40-43 and the Mega Ball was 42. The Quik Pik ticket was purchased by Richard at Derenne 7-11, located at 1300 East Derenne Avenue in Savannah on Friday (8/8).

Richard was remodeling his home, Saturday morning, when he decided to call the Georgia Lottery hotline to check his numbers for Friday's drawing. "At first I thought I had won $2 for matching the Mega Ball number. It wasn't until I checked the numbers that I had written down that I realized I matched them all," said Richard. "I keep waiting for someone to pinch me and tell me I'm dreaming."

Mr. Mika, an employee with the City of Savannah Water Department, and his family, reside in Savannah, GA. According to the lucky winners they plan on purchasing a couple of new cars and a new home.

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Derenne 7-11 will receive the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $6 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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