Thursday, May 25, 2006
ATLANTA – Truck driver Raymond Edenfield couldn't believe his eyes recently when he bought a $300 Million Gold Rush instant game ticket. With that purchase, Mr. Edenfield became the fifth person to win $2.5 million, the highest instant game top prize in Georgia Lottery history.
Mr. Edenfield, a resident of Waynesboro, didn't know what to think when he looked at his lucky ticket. Fortunately, he was with a friend who confirmed that it was a winning ticket. "He said, 'No, there's nothing wrong with it. It says $2.5 million,' " Mr. Edenfield explained.
Mr. Edenfield is the owner of Edenfield and Sons Trucking. He plans to use his winnings to pay bills and go on a vacation. The 60-year-old will continue playing the lottery for the excitement and chance to become a winner again. "All you have to do is buy the right ticket," Mr. Edenfield added.
Stop N Shop, located at 249 E. Sixth St. in Waynesboro, sold the lucky ticket.
$300 Million Gold Rush tickets went on sale statewide on Jan. 31. $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.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.2 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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