Sunday, September 25, 2005
ATLANTA- Georgia native Gwendolyn Collins is now a resident of Liberty, S.C., but she visits the state regularly to see her family. Recently she was in Augusta for a bowling tournament and she went home with more than a trophy. Ms. Collins played Double Hot Cash, a Georgia Lottery instant game, and won the game’s $30,000 top prize.
The computer programmer was standing in the store when she scratched her ticket. “We screamed a lot,” Ms. Collins described.
Ms. Collins will use her winnings to pay bills and start a retirement and travel fund. Her winnings will allow her to visit her niece in Germany, one destination on her list of future trips. “We have a lot of travel plans,” Ms. Collins added.
The 54-year-old purchased her ticket at Circle K Stores #3183, located at 3755 Wheeler Rd. in Augusta.
As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions benefit education in 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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