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Sheriff’s Investigator Uncovers $2.5 Million Georgia Lottery Win

Thursday, February 23, 2006

ATLANTA – An investigator for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department has discovered gold. Jesse Green of Hephzibah played the Georgia Lottery instant game $300 Million Gold Rush and won the game’s $2.5 MILLION top prize. This is the highest instant game top prize in Georgia Lottery history.

“We are excited to have another new millionaire in Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “We are just as excited by the success of this popular game and what it means to the students of Georgia. Whenever you purchase a Georgia Lottery ticket, you are contributing to the educational programs we fund.”

Station House, located at 2419 Peach Orchard Rd. in Augusta, sold the lucky ticket.

According to Mr. Green, he was sitting in a parking lot working on a case when he noticed a sign that read, “Get your winning ticket here.”

Mr. Green says he went in to get gas and decided to buy a $300 Million Gold Rush ticket. “All I could do was holler. It was just unreal,” he recalls. “I went back to work and showed the ticket to everybody.”

Mr. Green, 51, and his wife Shannon have five children and eight grandchildren. Mrs. Green works at the Medical College of Georgia in financial quality.

“I plan to make some house repairs and let my wife retire,” shares Mr. Green.

$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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