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Moultrie Fireman Wins $1 Million

Thursday, February 23, 2006

ATLANTA – A Moultrie firefighter is a new millionaire after striking gold in Georgia’s new gold rush. Charles Dickerson II played the Georgia Lottery instant game $300 Million Gold Rush and won $1 million.

“$300 Million Gold Rush is a huge game with lots of big winners,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “The key winners remain the students of Georgia, who benefit every time you purchase a Georgia Lottery ticket.”

One Stop #0002, located at 1721 Tallokas Rd. in Moultrie, sold Mr. Dickerson his winning ticket.

Mr. Dickerson, 39, scratched the lucky ticket while still at the store. “I looked at it closely and saw that I won $1 million!” he exclaims. “I had to look three or four times to make sure. It’s still hard to believe.”

Mr. Dickerson and his wife Susan have two daughters – Megan, 18, and Kelsey, 9. According to Mr. Dickerson, the family plans to save their winnings for their future. “I’m going to just put it up and send my kids to college.”

The Dickersons are pleased that Kelsey attended lottery-funded prekindergarten. “It worked out great,” shares Mr. Dickerson. “It helped her a lot as far as getting ahead.”

$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.

$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.

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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