Thursday, February 3, 2005
ATLANTA – A HOPE Scholarship recipient has become the first millionaire for the new Georgia Lottery instant game $100 Million Cash Spectacular. On just the third day of sales, Parker Stephens of Statesboro won the game’s $1 million top prize.
“It’s very exciting to have our first millionaire for this brand new game,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “Every lottery ticket purchased supports the educational programs we fund. Just as our winner benefited from the HOPE Scholarship, students all over Georgia are benefiting from lottery-funded educational programs.”
Mr. Stephens shares that his sister and girlfriend were HOPE recipients. He says that he’s won twice – first as a HOPE Scholar and now as a new millionaire. “I’ve gotten it all. Georgia has been good to me.”
Mr. Stephens, a 23-year-old graduate of the University of Georgia, is employed as a territory sales manager. He had just finished his workday when he purchased the winning ticket. He scratched the ticket in the store and says, “I just kept seeing zeroes.”
Ambe Food Mart, located at 205 N. Main St. in Statesboro, sold the lucky ticket.
Mr. Stephens plans to save most of his winnings. “I’ve really thought about how great it is to save this money and really have it for the future,” he states.
A new vehicle may replace his current 11-year-old car. Mr. Stephens says, “It may be time to upgrade that.”
$100 Million Cash Spectacular offers 10 $1 million top prizes and over $118 million in additional cash prizes, providing the highest payout percentage in Georgia Lottery history. Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7 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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