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Army Staff Sergeant Wins $150 Million Mega Millions Jackpot to Become Largest Georgia Lottery Winner

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

ATLANTA – Stephen Moore, a 30-year-old Army staff sergeant stationed in South Korea, correctly selected the numbers for Tuesday’s (9/30) Mega Millions drawing and became the largest winner in Georgia Lottery history. There was one winning ticket sold for Tuesday's drawing, worth an annuitized $150 million. Mr. Moore selected the cash option, which amounted to approximately $88.9 million before taxes.

"It’s always exciting when a Mega Millions jackpot ticket is purchased in Georgia," said Georgia Lottery Corporation Interim President and CEO Cathy Walls. "Just as exciting is knowing how much Georgia's students are gaining through the educational programs we fund."

The winning numbers for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 2-26-37-40-46 and the Mega Ball was 49. The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at Flash Foods #0155, located at 603 N. Grant St. in Fitzgerald.

Mr. Moore was visiting family in Fitzgerald while on a 30-day military leave. Before leaving South Korea, he predicted to friends that he would win the lottery while in the United States.

Mr. Moore was out with his brother Tuesday night when his wife, Danielle, also an Army staff sergeant, checked the Mega Millions draw results on the Internet. She discovered that they held the winning ticket and met her husband in the yard with the good news. "She came out the door, and I thought I was in trouble," Mr. Moore jokes. "She said, 'Guess what, we won the lottery!'"

They went inside and "that’s when the comedy show started," says Moore. The family celebrated and called other relatives to inform them of their great news. Mr. Moore looks forward to taking care of his family. "I told my mom to go ahead and quit work," he shares. In addition, he plans to build a dream home for his wife and two daughters. According to Mrs. Moore, they were married by a justice of the peace and now she plans to enjoy a dream wedding.

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Flash Foods will receive the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

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 $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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