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Mega Road Trip Winners Head to California

Sunday, July 17, 2005

ATLANTA – Eleven lucky Georgia Lottery players boarded a flight today (July 18) to travel from the Peach State to the Golden State with the Georgia Lottery’s Mega Road Trip promotion. As the Georgia Lottery Corporation continues to welcome California to Mega Millions, the Georgia Lottery has awarded 11 trips for two to California to see the Atlanta Braves play the San Francisco Giants.

Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco and the Mega Millions Mega Ball mascot were at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to congratulate Mega Road Trip winners and to see them off. Winners cheered, waved and posed for pictures with Mrs. DeFrancisco and the Mega Ball before boarding their flight.

Lucky Grand Prize winners of the Mega Road Trip promotion are:
§ Millie Bergen – Brooks, Ga.
§ Teri Brewer – Boynton Beach, Fla.
§ Robert Jones III – East Ridge, Tenn.
§ Patsy Lamb – Leesburg, Ga.
§ Dori Lapp – Columbus, Ga.
§ Tonya McDuffie – Albany, Ga.
§ Evelyn Miles – Fortville, Ind.
§ Karlene Robinson – Covington, Ga.
§ Kay Robinson – Cartersville, Ga.
§ Chris Thorne – Jonesboro, Ga.
§ Ezra Wilson – Bowdon, Ga.

The Georgia Lottery is teaming up with the Atlanta Braves, Delta Air Lines and Marriott International for the Mega Road Trip promotion. Georgia Lottery players entered a Mega Millions second chance drawing for the opportunity to win one of 11 trips for two to the West Coast to watch the Braves play the San Francisco Giants.

Grand Prize packages include: two round-trip tickets on Delta Air Lines from Atlanta to San Francisco; three-night, double-occupancy hotel accommodations provided by the San Francisco Downtown Marriott; two tickets to each of the Braves vs. Giants games on July 18, 19, and 20; and $300 spending money.

“A big thank you to the Georgia Lottery,” says Chris Thorne. “Thanks a million. I’m really excited!”

Tonya McDuffie says that when she and her family learned that she was a Mega Road Trip winner, “We were all in there dancing!”

As Evelyn Miles boarded the flight she exclaimed, “We’re heading to San Francisco! Who would have ever thought? I think it’s great.”

Ezra Wilson, 60, says, “I love it! I’m excited. We can go out there and just have fun and rest and relax.”

“I’ve never been out West,” shares Robert Jones. “I’m looking forward to rest and the ball games.”

Millie Bergen was thrilled to hear that she won. “I love the Georgia Lottery!” proclaims the 57-year-old. “This will be my first trip to San Francisco. I want to ride on a cable car and eat on Fisherman’s Wharf.”

Karlene Robinson is looking forward to her trip to San Francisco and exclaims, “I’m so excited!” Mrs. Robinson, 50, graduated from DeKalb Technical Institute on a HOPE Grant. “Everyone can get a head start with HOPE,” she says. “I really think it’s the best.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.6 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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