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Gas trip fuels a $401,000 Fantasy 5 win

Monday, February 5, 2007

ATLANTA – Sue Simmons, a resident of Eufaula, Ala., frequently crosses into Georgia to purchase gas. During a recent gas run, Simmons purchased a ticket for the Jan. 19 Fantasy 5 drawing worth $401,419.

"I'm still in a state of shock," Simmons said. "It's wonderful."

Simmons, 66, purchased her top prize ticket at Stateline Thrift & Lotto, located at 766 U.S. Highway 82 in Georgetown.

The winning numbers for the Jan. 19 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 3-9-17-21-33. Simmons randomly selected the lucky combination.

A retired office manager, Simmons and her husband, Willis, have a total of five children and six grandchildren. According to Simmons, she plans to pay bills, travel and help her children.

"It's like a dream come true," she said.

Georgia Lottery retailers selling winning Fantasy 5 tickets receive a retailer incentive bonus of $2,000. The retailer incentive bonus increases by $2,000 each time Fantasy 5 rolls. If more than one winning top prize ticket is sold, the retailers selling the top prize winning tickets will share the bonus. Stateline Thrift & Lotto will receive a retailer incentive bonus of $10,000.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.8 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 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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