Thursday, September 29, 2005
ATLANTA – Eddy Holliday celebrated a September holliday surprise after realizing he held a $5 million Lotto South jackpot ticket. The Forest Park resident held the ticket for more than a week before discovering that he was a winner. Mr. Holliday matched all six numbers in the Sept. 17 Lotto South drawing and won the $5 million jackpot. He pre-selected the cash option and will receive $2,607,710 before taxes.
“It’s always exciting when we have a Lotto South winner in Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “Always remember to sign your tickets, check your tickets and keep your tickets in a safe place.”
The winning numbers for the Lotto South drawing on Sept. 17 were: 8-18-31-32-39-45. Amoco Food Shop, located at 5690 Jonesboro Rd. in Lake City, sold the winning ticket.
According to Mr. Holliday, he was purchasing gas when he remembered the ticket and asked the clerk for a printout of the draw results. “I looked at it and nearly fainted!” he exclaims. “I just went down on one knee.”
Mr. Holliday rushed home to share the exciting news with his wife, Gale. “I was doing a crossword puzzle and he walked up to me with his hands behind his back,” Mrs. Holliday explains. “He said, ‘I’m glad you’re sitting down.”
Mr. Holliday, 66, retired from SunTrust as a lending officer. Mrs. Holliday, 65, is retired from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service at Fort Gillem. The couple will celebrate 38 years of marriage in October.
The Hollidays plan to use their winnings to relocate to the North Georgia Mountains. “That’s our next move,” shares Mr. Holliday. “We’re going to go up there where we can watch the fall leaves, the waterfalls and the lakes.”
Mr. and Mrs. Holliday also want to give more to their favorite charities including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
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. Amoco Food Shop 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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