ATLANTA – A retired police officer has captured a golden Georgia Lottery win. James "Jim" Walker Jr. played the instant game $300 Million Gold Rush and won $1 MILLION.
Simpson Food Mart, located at 4510 N. Buford Hwy. in Norcross, sold the lucky ticket.
According to Mr. Walker, a resident of Duluth, he purchased the million-dollar ticket with a prize he won playing another instant game. Mr. Walker scratched his ticket in the store and thought he was dreaming.
"I put the ticket in my back pocket and said, 'I need to drink a cup of coffee.' I figured that, if I were dreaming, drinking coffee would wake me up."
After enjoying a cup of joe, Mr. Walker took another look at his ticket and exclaimed, "Guess what! I just became a millionaire!"
Store employees and patrons celebrated with Mr. Walker. "They were more excited than I was," he describes. "I was tickled just watching them."
Mr. Walker, 62, retired from the Suwanee Police Department in 1997. After retirement, he helped establish police departments in Bosnia, Kosovo and Liberia. Now he enjoys "working part-time and fishing a lot."
Mr. Walker and his wife, Brenda, have three children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Walker says he has always been lucky. "I met my wife in 1963," he shares. "I think she was the first thing I ever won."
According to Mr. Walker, he will use a portion of his winnings to make some home improvements. "My wife has always wanted hardwood floors. While the workers are doing that, I'll be on the lake fishing!" he says laughing.
$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 had the opportunity to enter a second chance drawing with any non-winning $300 Million Gold Rush ticket for a chance to win $1 MILLION or a HUMMER H3 during the Rush to Win Grand Prize Event. The Grand Prize Event will be held on Friday, April 14 during halftime of the Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena.
Rush to Win Grand Prize Event contestants were randomly selected from more than one million entries in the Rush to Win promotion. Contestants and their cities of residence are as follows: Danny Timothy "Tim" Cauley (Byron); Johnny Chattin (Elberton); Unive Ellis (Acworth); Judy Lorren Fincher (Cedartown); Wanda Mathew (Statesboro); Beverly Medlock (Marietta); Sharon Mitchell (Ellenwood); Neil Moore (Acworth); Veronica "Cookie" Rogers (Duluth); and Ronald Rowe Sr. (Leesburg).
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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