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Savannah Family Wins $5 Million Playing Lotto South

Thursday, June 3, 2004

ATLANTA – Lenny Panzitta, an attorney with Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn, from Savannah, GA along with his wife Dr. Karen Panzitta (Radiology Associates of Savannah) and their daughters Elena and Geena started the weekend off in style, becoming Georgia’s newest millionaires. The happy family arrived at Georgia Lottery headquarters on Friday to claim an annuitized $5 million Lotto South jackpot. The Panzitta family selected the cash option, which amounted to $2,405,858 before taxes.

“It’s always exciting when a Lotto South jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “Even more rewarding is knowing that every dollar raised benefits the educational programs we fund.”

The winning numbers for the May 29, Lotto South drawing were: 9-14-32-42-47-48. Mr. Panzitta’s Quik Pik ticket was purchased at Parkway Shell, located at 4 Park of Commerce Way in Savannah.

After reading, in the Savannah paper, that a local resident held a winning Lotto South ticket worth $5 million, Mr. Panzitta checked the ticket he had purchased a week before to find that he was the lucky winner.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Panzitta owns an industrial conveyor belt and supplies business in Savannah, with three longtime friends, Ben MacMillan, Bubba Sumerlin and Marion Alexander.

Mr. Panzitta stated, “our family has already been blessed with a wonderful family and friends and with careers that we love.” With two young daughters (4 & 2 yrs. old) to raise, the Panzitta’s plan on saving for their family’s future. “We are big supporters of the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the important educational programs it funds,” Mr. Panzitta explained. “We won the jackpot today but, the true winners are the students of Georgia who benefit from these wonderful educational programs.”

Retailers are also winners with the retailer incentive bonus. Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Lotto South jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. 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. Parkway Shell will receive a $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Lotto South sales will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $6.5 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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