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Statesboro Woman Scores Georgia Lottery Trip to the Professional Football Championship Game

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

ATLANTA – It’s a touchdown for Wanda Mathew of Statesboro. Mrs. Mathew entered the Georgia Lottery’s Kong & Keno promotion and was randomly selected to win a trip to the Professional Football Championship Game in Detroit on Feb. 5. The promotion was held in conjunction with the Georgia Lottery instant game King Kong and KENO!

“I’m really, really excited. I’m just in awe!” exclaims Mrs. Mathew, who plans to take the trip with her husband Dave.

According to Mrs. Mathew, a message on her answering machine informed her that she was the Kong & Keno grand prize winner. “I listened to about three words of the message, and then I ran out into the yard and yelled, ‘Dave, we won!’ We ran back inside and listened to the message over and over again.”

The Kong & Keno Grand Prize Package includes: two tickets to the Professional Football Championship Game in Detroit on Feb. 5; round-trip air travel to Detroit for two passengers; three-night, double-occupancy hotel accommodations; and $500 spending money.

Mrs. Mathew works as an administrative secretary at Georgia Southern University in the College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning. Her husband retired from Georgia Southern as chairman of the Department of Music.

As a 27-year employee of Georgia Southern, Mrs. Mathew says that she has personally seen the benefits of the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship. “I employ students who are on HOPE Scholarships. I have nieces and nephews who have attended college on HOPE,” she shares. “The cost of college can be quite a burden for some families. I think it’s wonderful that every time I purchase a Georgia Lottery ticket, I’m supporting education.”

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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