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Retired Postal Worker Enjoys Special Delivery as The Year of Your Life Grand Prize Winner

Monday, August 14, 2006

ATLANTA – A retired postal worker will be getting a special delivery for the next year as the Georgia Lottery's The Year of Your Life Grand Prize winner. Michael Militello of Marietta won an incredible year's worth of amazing prizes during The Year of Your Life Grand Prize Event on Saturday, August 12, before the Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field.

Militello, 55, walked away with The Year of Your Life Grand Prize Package, which includes the following prizes for an entire year: a car lease from Bill Heard Chevrolet; free air travel from AirTran Airways; free groceries from Publix; a new cell phone and service from Cingular; tickets to huge events from EmpireTickets.com; free dining at Moe's Southwest Grill; free gas for a year; and free Win for Life lottery tickets. The approximate value of the Grand Prize Package is in excess of $47,000.

According to Militello, he's excited about all of the prizes, but one especially stands out. "Free groceries for a year. That sounds great to me!" Militello is also thrilled about the free air travel and plans to visit family in Arizona.

Militello, a former U.S. Marine, retired from the U.S. Postal Service two years ago, and currently works part time at Liberty Tax Service and Heritage Hills Golf Center.

With four children and seven grandchildren, Militello appreciates the educational benefits of the Georgia Lottery. "One of the reasons I play the Georgia Lottery is because I know the dollars go to education," he shares.

The Year of Your Life statewide promotion was launched in conjunction with the new game Win for Life. Georgia Lottery players could enter a second chance drawing for an opportunity to win great free prizes for an entire year.

Militello was one of 10 contestants randomly drawn from all entries received to participate in The Year of Your Life Grand Prize Event. During the Grand Prize Event, Militello randomly selected the envelope that held the Grand Prize Package.

The other nine contestants in The Year of Your Life Grand Prize Event and their cities of residence include: Alyce Allen (Hogansville); Carl Dailey (Ellenwood); Lissa Jones (Doraville); James Lewis (Suwanee); Ray Lincoln (Alpharetta); Suzanne Lorenzini (Powder Springs); Salvador Trujillo (Douglasville); April Ulrich (Peachtree City); and Jaime Valentin (Lawrenceville).

The non-grand prize winners received a great consolation prize that includes: a $500 groceries gift certificate from Publix; a Samsung X497 and a Pre-Paid Starter Kit from Cingular; a $50 gift certificate from Moe’s Southwest Grill; and Win for Life tickets for an entire year. The approximate value of the Consolation Package is $874.

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. Win for Life has an incredible second prize of $1,000 a week for a year that adds up to $52,000.

To date, there have been four Win for Life top prize winners in Georgia and 27 Win for Life second prize winners in Georgia.

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 $8.4 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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