Wednesday, August 31, 2005
ATLANTA – Realtor Patricia Bailey plays the lottery for entertainment and to support the educational programs that it funds. Mrs. Bailey became a Georgia Lottery winner when she matched all five numbers playing Fantasy 5 and won $53,626 in the August 22 drawing.
The 59-year-old grandmother of three used the Quik Pik option to select her numbers. The winning numbers for the August 22 drawing were: 1-5-18-19-25.
Mrs. Bailey was shocked to find out that she had the winning ticket when she and her husband, Michael, looked at the Georgia Lottery Web site. “We had no idea,” Mrs. Bailey recalls. “We were just checking our numbers.”
The Flowery Branch resident wasn’t sure how to react to her good fortune. “I was kind of calm. My husband let out a yelp,” Mrs. Bailey says.
Mrs. Bailey looks forward to investing her winnings and to spending more time doing what she loves most, playing with her grandchildren.
The winning ticket was purchased at Publix Super Market #0844, located at 5900 Spout Springs Rd. in Flowery Branch.
Georgia Lottery retailers selling winning Fantasy 5 tickets receive a retailer incentive bonus of $2,000. The retailer incentive bonus increases by $2,000 each time Fantasy 5 rolls. If more than one winning top prize ticket is sold, the retailers selling the top prize winning tickets will share the bonus. Publix Super Market will receive a retailer incentive bonus of $4,000.
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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