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Seafood restaurant manager served surprising $222K

Thursday, August 23, 2012

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery has served up hearty fare to a Cobb County seafood restaurant manager. Jeffrey Cowley was one of two players each to match the winning numbers from the Aug. 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, taking home a $222,732 jackpot prize.

In addition to winning his prize, Cowley of Woodstock also won a $100 prize playing Cash 4 Midday.

Barrett Exxon Food Mart, 550 Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw, sold the lucky tickets. The second winning ticket with the jackpot prize was sold in Brunswick.

Winning numbers from the Aug. 16 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 3-5-33-35-38.

Cowley, 51, checked results from the drawing on his computer the following day.

“I looked at the ticket at least eight times,” he said. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, all of my numbers match!’”

Wowed by the results, Cowley made coffee to stir his senses.

“I logged out of my computer and logged back in because I wanted to make sure,” he said. “I went to the gas station to show the clerk.”

Feeling great about winning the lottery, Cowley anticipates paying off his home mortgage.

“I play for the HOPE Scholarship because it’s going for a good cause,” the lucky winner shared. “I truly believe in HOPE.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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