ATLANTA – A family getaway turned into a quarter-million dollar lottery win for a Jonesboro man. While on vacation, Gregory Tate matched the first five winning numbers in the Aug. 23 Mega Millions drawing and won $250,000.
According to Mr. Tate, he and his wife Denise were going to Ohio to visit family members when they made one last stop before leaving Georgia. That’s when Mr. Tate purchased the lucky ticket at Shell Food Mart, located at 2525 Hamilton Mill Rd. in Buford.
The winning numbers for the Aug. 23 Mega Millions drawing were: 6-7-8-13-40 and the Gold Mega Ball was 12.
Mr. Tate’s lucky combination includes his son’s birthday along with some numbers he randomly selected. While in Ohio, Mr. Tate overheard his stepfather reading out the draw results and recognized his numbers.
“When I heard him, I went to the car and got my ticket,” Mr. Tate explains. “I looked at it for about five minutes to make sure my vision wasn’t blurred.”
Mr. Tate, 50, works in account management for Geologistics. Mrs. Tate is a sales consultant for a department store. They have a 24-year-old son who serves in the United States Air Force.
The Tates will use their winnings to do something special for their family and to invest in their future. “It’ll make retirement a lot easier,” says Mr. Tate.
According to Mr. Tate, knowing the benefits of Georgia Lottery-funded educational programs is just as rewarding as winning. “At least I’m helping put someone’s child through school,” he says.
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 $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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