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Chemistry Teacher Wins Trip to Paris for Tour de France

Thursday, June 1, 2006

ATLANTA – C'est la vie! That's life for Erin-Joi Collins McNeal, who won the grand prize in the Georgia Lottery Corporation's "Ride of Your Life" Second Chance Drawing. Georgia Lottery players could enter the drawing with any Win for Life ticket for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2006 Tour de France in Paris, France, July 21-24, 2006. The grand prize winner was randomly selected.

"I was very surprised when I heard that I won," Mrs. Collins McNeal shares. "I called my husband, Lyle, and said, 'You need a passport!' "

Mrs. Collins McNeal, 37, lives in Tucker and teaches chemistry at DeVry University. She is thrilled about her upcoming trip to Paris for the Tour de France.

"I'm very interested in seeing the race. We'll have a perfect viewing spot," she says. "In our free time, we would like to see some of the museums in Paris."

The "Ride of Your Life" grand prize package includes: two airline tickets from Atlanta to Paris, France; three-night double occupancy hotel accommodations; hotel transfers; $1,000 spending money; and the minimum required federal and state withholding tax. The value of the Georgia Lottery's "Ride of Your Life" Grand Prize Package is approximately $9,500.

The "Ride of Your Life" promotion was held in conjunction with Win for Life. Win for Life is an exciting new game that offers a lifetime of security with a $1,000 a week for life top prize that equals $52,000 a year for life.

To date, there have been five Win for Life top prize winners including Georgia Lottery player William Rowe, who purchased his winning ticket in West Point.

Win for Life has an incredible second prize of $1,000 a week for a year that adds up to $52,000. To date, 20 Georgia Lottery players have won the game's second prize.

Win for Life drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 11:00 p.m. Each Win for Life ticket costs $1.

Win for Life is a multi-state game played in Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky. As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Win for Life will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

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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