Tuesday, November 11, 2003
ATLANTA – Three winning tickets were sold in last night’s (11/11) Mega Millions drawing worth an annuitized $70 million. Today, Stephen Cooke from Roswell, GA walked in to the Georgia Lottery Headquarters holding two of them. Mr. Cooke correctly selected the numbers for Tuesday’s (11/11) Mega Millions drawing and won over $26.6 million before taxes by pre-selecting the cash option. Mr. Cooke will receive two-thirds of the $70 million jackpot with the remaining third going to a lucky winner in Michigan.
"This makes four out of the last six winning Mega Millions jackpot tickets that were sold in Georgia," said Georgia Lottery Corporation 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 Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 02-05-17-21-22 and the Mega Ball was 43. The tickets were purchased at Save Rite #2739, located at 10800 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell.
Ironically, it was not until Mr. Cooke came in to claim his prize that he realized he held two winning tickets. “I woke up this morning and checked the winning numbers on the Georgia Lottery website” stated Mr. Cooke. "When I saw that one of my three tickets was a winner I was just in shock. I didn’t even think to check my other tickets," he continued. With two winning tickets each worth more than $13 million, Mr. Cooke now looks forward to spending time on a lake, fishing. "I have always wanted to buy a cabin on a beautiful lake and go fishing," Mr. Cooke states.
Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. 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. Save Rite #2739 will receive the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.
As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions 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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