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Augusta Great-Grandpa Catches Gold Fever with $1 Million Lottery Win

Monday, October 2, 2006

ATLANTA – An Augusta great-grandfather has struck gold! Rodgers Washington played the Georgia Lottery instant game $300 Million Gold Rush and won $1 million.

Laney Supermarket, located at 843 Laney Walker Blvd. in Augusta, sold the winning ticket. Washington says he scratched the ticket in the store’s parking lot.

“I was cool,” he explains. “I just drove home, and then looked at the ticket again to make sure. I was still in denial.”

Washington, 71, is retired from the U.S. Army. He has four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

According to Washington, he is thrilled about his million-dollar Georgia Lottery win.

“I’m going to give my kids a hand,” he shares. “I’ll probably buy a new car and just take it easy with the rest.”

$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 $8.4 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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