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New Year Starts With $27 Million Bang for Rome Resident

Thursday, January 5, 2006

ATLANTA – When the countdown to the New Year began, William Griffin of Rome had 27 million reasons to celebrate. By the time 2006 arrived, Mr. Griffin was Georgia’s newest millionaire as the winner of the largest Lotto South jackpot in history. He matched all six numbers in the Dec. 31, 2005, Lotto South drawing and won the $27 million jackpot. Mr. Griffin pre-selected the cash option and will receive $15,418,008 before taxes.

“What a terrific way for the Griffins to begin the New Year and the rest of their lives with this record-breaking Lotto South jackpot,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “Just as exciting is knowing that every dollar raised by the Georgia Lottery benefits the important educational programs we fund.”

The winning numbers for the Lotto South drawing on Dec. 31 were: 6-18-19-21-38-40. Hwy. 411 Truck Stop, located at 145 Hwy. 411 E. in Rome, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

“I’m ecstatic!” exclaims Mr. Griffin, who saw the draw results in the newspaper Monday morning. “I got the paper out of the mailbox and compared my numbers to the numbers in the paper. I just had to sit down and relax.” According to Mr. Griffin, he called his wife Rita at work and shared the great news. “She thought I was joking,” he says. “I had to keep trying to convince her.”

Mr. Griffin, 49, works as a millwright at a paper mill. Mrs. Griffin is a secretary for an adult retirement community. They have two teenage sons.

Mr. Griffin says the family will pay bills and do some traveling. “We’ll take a trip and have a little fun – just relax and enjoy the winnings.”

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. Hwy. 411 Truck Stop will receive a $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Prekindergarten Program. More than 900,000 students have received HOPE Scholarships, and more than 700,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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