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Teacher Chalks Up a $1 Million Win Playing $200 Million Cash Spectacular

Monday, January 23, 2006

ATLANTA – A LaGrange high school teacher and coach is celebrating a million-dollar Georgia Lottery win. Jon Powell played the instant game $200 Million Cash Spectacular and won the $1 million top prize.

Mr. Powell purchased his lucky ticket at New Franklin Road Conoco, located at 203 New Franklin Rd. in LaGrange. He scratched the ticket in his truck in the store’s parking lot.

“I started scratching it off and all I saw was zeros!” exclaims Mr. Powell. “I was overwhelmed. I kept looking at it thinking I wasn’t reading it right.”

Mr. Powell, 42, teaches at Westside Magnet School and coaches at LaGrange High School. He and his wife Donna have a 12-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter.

According to Mr. Powell, he plans to save for his children’s education, prepare for retirement, make home improvements, and enjoy some family getaways.

Mr. Powell says he’s lucky in life. “We live in a great town, and we have a great family.”

He’s also excited that his daughter attended lottery-funded prekindergarten. “It was wonderful,” he shares. “It gave her a great head start.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $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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