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Leesburg Woman Wins Lotto South on Anniversary Weekend

Monday, August 22, 2005

ATLANTA – An anniversary weekend turned into a winning weekend for a Leesburg resident. Donna McGowan matched all six numbers in the Lotto South drawing on August 20 and won the $14 million jackpot. Mrs. McGowan pre-selected the cash option and will receive $7,771,429 before taxes.

Mrs. McGowan and her husband, Steve, celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on Sunday, not realizing that they won Lotto South the night before. “A girl from work called me on Monday and told me that a winning ticket was sold in Albany,” Mrs. McGowan says. “Then I heard on the news that the winner from Albany still hadn’t claimed and I thought that I better check my ticket.”

Mrs. McGowan checked the draw results in the newspaper and yelled for her husband. “We were just screaming!” exclaims Mrs. McGowan. “The numbers matched and it was unreal. I’m amazed right now.”

The winning numbers for the Lotto South drawing on August 20 were: 1-9-15-39-47-49. Publix Super Market #0450, located at 2715 Dawson Rd. in Albany, sold the lucky Quik Pik jackpot ticket.

Mrs. McGowan, 45, works as an office manager for a medical supply company. She plans to pay bills with her winnings. “After that we’re not sure yet. We just bought a new car, but we may get another one.”

According to Mrs. McGowan, her winning philosophy is simple. “I always tell everybody it only takes a dollar.”

Retailers are also winners with the retailer incentive bonus. Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Lotto South jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer bonus. Publix Super Market will receive a $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Lotto South sales will benefit education in the state of Georgia. 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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