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Marietta Woman Wins $1 Million in Georgia's New Gold Rush

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

ATLANTA – Amelia Johnson of Marietta is the first person to strike gold in Georgia’s new gold rush. Mrs. Johnson played the Georgia Lottery instant game $300 Million Gold Rush and won $1 million, becoming the game’s first millionaire.

“We are thrilled to have our first millionaire for this brand new game,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “The excitement generated all over the state of Georgia by $300 Million Gold Rush has been phenomenal.”

Mrs. Johnson scratched her lucky ticket at home and didn’t immediately realize that she was holding a million-dollar ticket. “I asked my husband, ‘So what does this mean?’ ” she explains. “He said, ‘We won!’ and I said, ‘Yeah, right.’ I’m still in shock.”

Mrs. Johnson works as the director of a financial management department. She and her husband, James, have a 29-year-old daughter and a 24-year-old son. Their daughter attended Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta on a HOPE Scholarship.

According to Mrs. Johnson, she will use her winnings for her family’s future. “My son and daughter will be taken care of,” she shares.

$300 Million Gold Rush tickets went on sale statewide on Jan. 31. The Georgia Lottery marked its highest sales week in history with the game’s introduction. Georgia Lottery sales for the week ending Feb. 4 were a record-breaking $80,449,963.

$300 Million Gold Rush is a $10 game with 30 millionaires and the highest instant game top prize in Georgia history. The game offers over $304 million in total cash prizes including 10 top prizes of $2.5 MILLION, 20 $1 MILLION prizes, more than 19,600 prizes from $1,000 to $50,000, and over 498,000 prizes from $100 to $500.

Adding to the excitement of $300 Million Gold Rush is the statewide promotion Rush to Win. Players can enter a second chance drawing with any non-winning $300 Million Gold Rush ticket for a chance to win $1 MILLION.

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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