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Kennesaw Man Wins $1 Million While Pumping Gas

Sunday, February 12, 2006

ATLANTA – Johnny Upshaw of Kennesaw was purchasing gas when he decided to buy a $200 Million Cash Spectacular ticket. He scratched the ticket while pumping his gas and won the Georgia Lottery instant game’s $1 million top prize.

Phillips 66, located at 2650 N. Cobb Pkwy. #33 in Kennesaw, sold the winning ticket.

“I couldn’t believe it. I had to go back in the store and ask if it was real,” Mr. Upshaw says. “I didn’t even finish getting my gas. I just came back out and jumped in the car.”

According to Mr. Upshaw, he immediately called his mother with the exciting news. “She didn’t believe me. She called me back five times.”

Mr. Upshaw, 29, has a 7-year-old son. “I’m just now realizing this is true,” he shares. “I’m planning to save and take care of my family.”

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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