ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery Corporation held its Rush to Win Grand Prize Event on Friday, April 14, 2006, during halftime of the Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena. The 10 contestants had 20 seconds to choose one of 300 money bags in 15 wheelbarrows for the chance to win the $1 MILLION grand prize or a 2006 Hummer H3. While no one selected the grand prize or Hummer bag, each contestant walked away with $1,000 and memories to last a lifetime.
"Rush to Win was an exciting promotion for Georgia Lottery players that ultimately resulted in additional dollars for HOPE and Pre-K," said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. "While the promotion was full of fun, we still have a very important mission to raise dollars for the educational programs we fund."
The 10 Rush to Win Grand Prize Event contestants were randomly selected from more than 1.4 million entries in the Georgia Lottery's Rush to Win promotion.
The contestants included:
§ Danny Timothy "Tim" Cauley – Mr. Cauley is a 50-year-old resident of Byron.
§ Johnny Chattin – Mr. Chattin, 53, is a carpenter from Elberton. He and his wife, Leigh, have six children and six grandchildren.
§ Unive Ellis – Mrs. Ellis, 64, is retired from Americo Manufacturing in Acworth, where she also resides. She and her husband, Marion, have three grandchildren and three grandchildren.
§ Judy Lorren Fincher – Mrs. Fincher, 49, owns a modeling school and talent agency. She resides in Cedartown with her husband, Jack.
§ Wanda Mathew – Mrs. Mathew works at Georgia Southern University and lives in Statesboro with her husband, Dave. Earlier this year, Mrs. Mathew entered the Georgia Lottery's Kong & Keno promotion and was randomly selected to win a trip to the Professional Football Championship Game in Detroit on Feb. 5.
§ Beverly Medlock – Ms. Medlock, a 47-year-old mother of one, is a resident of Marietta. She works for a mortgage company.
§ Sharon Mitchell – Ms. Mitchell teaches fourth grade at Burgess-Peterson Elementary School in Atlanta. The Ellenwood resident has one daughter.
§ Neil Moore – Mr. Moore, 39, is in sales for a steel distributor. He resides in Acworth with his wife, Lisa, and has one daughter.
§ Veronica "Cookie" Rogers – Ms. Rogers, 63, works as a travel agent. The Duluth resident has one daughter and one grandson.
§ Ronald Rowe Sr. – Mr. Rowe, 61, is a resident of Leesburg. He has two children – a son and a daughter.
Rush to Win Grand Prize Event contestants enjoyed a tour of Philips Arena and watched the game from a private suite, where they ate great food and mingled with former Hawks superstar Dominique Wilkins and mascots Harry the Hawk and SkyHawk.
Rush to Win is the Georgia Lottery's biggest statewide promotion ever, held in conjunction with the popular instant game $300 Million Gold Rush. The game and promotion were launched on Jan. 31.
Mrs. DeFrancisco unveiled $300 Million Gold Rush tickets in a gold mine in Dahlonega, home of the first U.S. gold rush. $300 Million Gold Rush is a $10 game with 30 millionaires and the highest instant game top prize in Georgia history. The game offers over $304 MILLION in total cash prizes including 10 prizes of $2.5 MILLION and 20 $1 MILLION prizes.
To date, Georgia Lottery players have won over $106 MILLION playing $300 Million Gold Rush. More than 3.9 million players have won prizes ranging from $10 to $2.5 MILLION with two $2.5 MILLION top prizes claimed and seven $1 MILLION prizes claimed.
After two and a half exciting months, the promotional events culminated with the Rush to Win Grand Prize Event. Georgia Lottery players were able to enter a second chance drawing for the opportunity to win the $1 MILLION grand prize or a Hummer H3.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.2 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 900,000 students have received HOPE Scholarships, and more than 700,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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