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Father of Four Wins $1.5 Million Playing Lotto South

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

ATLANTA – Phil Bush correctly selected the numbers for the October 4 Lotto South drawing and became one of two winners for the jackpot, worth an annuitized $6 million. Mr. Bush selected the cash option, and his share of the jackpot amounted to approximately $1.5 million before taxes.

“It’s exciting to have another winning Lotto South jackpot ticket sold in Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery Interim President and CEO Cathy Walls. “Just as exciting is knowing how much Georgia’s students are gaining through the educational programs we fund.”

The winning numbers for the October 4 Lotto South drawing were: 3-13-16-21-28-31. The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at Pilot Travel Center #0319, located at 244 Connector 3 SW Exit 135 in Dalton.

Mr. Bush, 43, was traveling through Dalton on business when he purchased the lucky Lotto South ticket. Several days later, the Lily, Ky. resident stopped by another Georgia Lottery retailer to have his ticket checked. When the clerk began to yell and clap, Mr. Bush realized that he was a jackpot winner.

“We’re going to build a much nicer house,” says Mr. Bush, a husband and father of four. He plans to pay off bills and buy a new car for his wife, Jackie.

“We do plan on making a couple of other people’s lives better,” Mr. Bush adds.

Mr. Bush has always considered himself to be lucky. He says, “If it’s your day to win, $1 will do it. I’m proof of that.”

Retailers are also winners with the retailer incentive bonus. Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Lotto South jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Pilot Travel Center will receive a $12,500 retailer incentive bonus.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Lotto South sales will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $6 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.


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