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Auburn Man Strikes Gold with 2nd Lottery Win in Less Than 2 Years

Sunday, April 2, 2006

ATLANTA – An Auburn man has a million-dollar case of gold fever after his second big Georgia Lottery win. Wayne Sharpton played the instant game $300 Million Gold Rush and won $1 million. This recent win comes less than two years after Mr. Sharpton won $350,000 on the instant game Vegas Nights.

According to Mr. Sharpton, he owes his million-dollar win to an empty gas tank. When he stopped for gas, he cashed in a $30 prize he won earlier on Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and used a portion of that prize to purchase a $300 Million Gold Rush ticket.

Mr. Sharpton was pumping his gas when he scratched the lucky ticket and discovered his $1 million win.

“I had to get my glasses out to make sure,” he says. “It’s just marvelous.”

Shell Food Mart, located at 1703 Atlanta Hwy. in Auburn, sold the lucky ticket.

Mr. Sharpton, 53, works as a restaurant equipment repair technician. He and his wife, Pamela, have two sons and two daughters.

Mr. and Mrs. Sharpton paid bills, purchased a new truck and covered their niece’s wedding with the $350,000 prize they won in September 2004. Mrs. Sharpton was also able to start her own business.

The Sharptons plan to save their $300 Million Gold Rush prize for retirement and possibly a vacation.

“We want to see Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon,” Mr. Sharpton shares.

$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. Tickets went on sale statewide on Jan. 31.

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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