Sunday, August 3, 2003
ATLANTA – After winning $1,183,702 playing Fantasy 5 on Thursday (7/31), Walter "Burt" Sheffield of East Dublin has made Georgia Lottery history as the game's largest single winner.
"It's always fun when Fantasy 5 rolls, and it's exciting to have a record-breaking top prize winner," said Rebecca Paul, president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. "Even more exciting is knowing that the dollars raised are benefiting education in Georgia."
Mr. Sheffield asked his wife, Kay, to purchase a Fantasy 5 ticket on Thursday when he noticed that the top prize had rolled for nine consecutive drawings. Later that night, he watched the drawing and knew that he had at least three numbers. The following morning, Mr. Sheffield located his ticket and checked the Georgia Lottery Corporation's Web site. When he discovered that his Quik Pik ticket held the winning combination of 13-18-29-32-37, he immediately called his wife at work. Mrs. Sheffield called the Georgia Lottery's Player Information Hotline and received confirmation of the good news.
The Sheffields claimed their prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters today (8/4). "We're going to pay some bills off and probably end up building a house," Mr. Sheffield shares. They also plan to help their parents, children and grandson.
Mr. Sheffield, 40, is employed as a textile worker, and Mrs. Sheffield works as an office clerk.
The lucky ticket was purchased at Jet Food Store #0053, located at 921 Hwy. 80 E. in East Dublin. Jet Food Store will receive a $20,000 retailer incentive bonus. 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 retailer incentive bonus.
According to Mr. Sheffield, he has witnessed the educational benefits of the Georgia Lottery Corporation firsthand. Mr. Sheffield attended Georgia Aviation & Technical College in Eastman as a HOPE scholar.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $6 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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