Georgia Man Wins $5M while Running Errands

Richard Britt was running errands when luck came his way.  “My wife asked me to go pick up a corn dog, and that’s when I bought a ticket.”

Britt played the Georgia lottery’s Millionaire Jumbo Bucks Scratcher and won the top prize: $5 Million!

After scratching the lucky ticket and realizing that he was a winner, Britt immediately left the store to call his wife. “Neither one of us could believe it. I’m still surprised that I won,” he said. As of now, Richard plans to use some of his winnings to travel, but we know there will be plenty left over!

Congratulations Richard – We wish you and your wife the best of luck!

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Georgia is on Fire—Multiple Winners win Millions

Lottery Players in Georgia have been on fire with incredible winning streaks!  2 gas stations in Marietta, Georgia sold winning jackpot tickets worth $901,628.00 for the Fantasy 5 drawing.

Georgia native, Chester White, won $450,814.00 after purchasing his ticket at Marathon Marietta on Whitlock Avenue.

White, a 66-year-old communications major claimed his prize on Friday, January 27th.

“I didn’t think it was real, I triple-checked my ticket”, he said.

White says he plans to purchase a new television with his grand prize.

The second winner of the Fantasy 5 drawing has yet to come forward, but the luck continued!

Another Georgia man won a new car in the Georgia Cash4Life second-chance drawing, and the November $83 Mega Millions jackpot winners were also from Georgia.

Georgians, you’re on a hot streak! We hope you take advantage of your incredible luck!

*FreeLotto Pro-tip*

If you play the Georgia Fantasy 5 drawing, be sure to play odd and even numbers (3 odds and 2 evens, and vice versa).  Reports show that over a 5-year-period this combination yields 66% of wins!

$7.5 Million Lottery Mega Million Winner Waits 3 Months to Claim Prize

Christina Ford from Atlanta, Georgia was dumbfounded when she discovered that she was a Mega Millions winner.  Ford was one of two winners from the $15 million jackpot drawing on July 22nd.  She claimed her prize on Tuesday, October 25th.

“I thought it was a dream,” she said in disbelief.  “I kept saying, ‘Yeah, right. This can’t be true.’”  It IS true, and Ford is now a new millionaire!

She purchased the ticket at a Kroger on the Dallas Acworth Highway.

Ford claims she waited 3 months because she wanted to plan what to do with the money before claiming.  She decided to spend her prize money by helping her family with bills and taking a vacation.

Congratulations Christina!  You better believe that you’re a MILLIONAIRE.

Georgia Lottery Profit Increase Lead to $1 Billion for Education

According to Georgia governor, Nathan Deal, the state lottery will provide over $1 billion for education programs this year.  Part of the lottery profits will also go to Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally), which helps exemplary students pay for college.

This is the largest allocation of state funds to education since the lottery’s creation in 1992.  The increase in funding may be attributed to growing lottery revenue—officials report that lottery profits increased $117 Million in the last 12 months.

In addition, lottery prizes totaled a whopping $2.75 billion from July 2015 to June 2016.

It’s good to see that Georgia’s lottery system is paying it forward! All the more reason to keep playing your state lottery!

Georgia Lottery awards $15K prize in second chance drawing

The Georgia Lottery has awarded a Decatur man a nice prize from a second chance drawing. Barry Hackett won a $15,000 prize from being selected as a grand prize winner in the Georgia Lottery’s Play It Again Reloaded Second Chance Promotion.

Georgia Lottery players with non-winning $1 and $2 instant tickets or non-winning Mega Millions and Powerball tickets can enter into the Georgia Lottery’s Play It Again Reloaded Second Chance Promotion.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.2 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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Georgia lottery winner has quite a reaction to winning jackpot

On April 5, Dan Casteel from Douglasville, Georgia, matched all five winning numbers from the GA Lottery Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $488,279 jackpot prize.

The lotto winning numbers were: 3-14-33-38-39.

So how did Mr. Casteel rank this windfall among his life’s events? (Did I mention he won $488,279? )

“This is one of the biggest events of my life,” Casteel said to the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

“One of”?

OK. So, it’s not the same reaction as sleeping, but apparently, Mr. Casteel has lived quite an eventful life.

Just curious how many events rank higher?

I’m thinking if I had won that kind of lottery prize, my reaction would be more like Georgian Rachael Leonard who won a $30,000 top prize playing GA Lottery’s new instant game Jumbo Bucks – Lotto Edition.

“I was jumping around. No one was in the store, so I had enough room to just jump and jump and jump,” she recalled.

Exactly what I would do.

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GA Lottery Jumbo Bucks Lotto offers great fun, but you have to be in Georgia

First the good news: The Georgia Lottery’s new Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component. The game is great fun and the odds are pretty good at approximately 1 in 47.56. Of course the odds of winning the jackpot prize are approximately 1 in 10.7 million, but who’s counting

Now the bad news: The lotto game is available only in Georgia.

Debbie Dlugolenski Alford, the lottery’s president and CEO since 2012, said they decided to make it available only in Georgia because they don’t like anyone other than Georgians. (Just kidding, only making sure you were paying attention.)

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starts at $1 million. The jackpot continues to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

The good part: players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Drawings are held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play. Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

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GA Lottery about to be big losers if Alabama has its way.

There’s an adage: You should only play the lotteries if you have the money to lose (or play FreeLotto where you never lose money – I think this is part of the adage as well).

Well, tell that to the state of Alabama.

Alabama state government is broke. It faces an intractable $200-300 million shortfall — a $700 million shortfall if all the borrowed money is thrown into the calculation.

So how does it plan to cover the shortfall? For years, it has used loans, savings and one-time windfalls to balance its budget.

“We knew this day was going to come. We knew this crisis was going to take place, and it’s here,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a speech Monday morning.

Democrats in the state have come up with a brilliant solution. A lottery, argues Rep. Craig Ford, could put a huge dent in the state’s budget problems — bringing in perhaps $280 million a year. Alabama Democrats have been proposing lottery legislation for years, but this time is different. The situation in Alabama is dire enough that a top Republican has added his name to the bill as well.

If Alabama institutes a state lottery, do you know who stands to lose? The Georgia Lottery. You don’t think the good people from Alabama are crossing state lines to play the GA Lottery in hopes that tomorrow might be much happier than today? A lottery ticket is a cheap dose of hope.

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GA Lottery winners keep it all in the family

They say in Georgia, nothing is stronger than family. So when three Cobb County siblings teamed up to win an instant prize from the Georgia Lottery, you knew where the money would go – or rather stay.

All in the family.

Vicki Faulk of Kennesaw and her brothers James and Rodney Hewatt won a $250,000 prize playing the instant game 21 Black Series.

The trio, who claimed April 16 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton, will share the quarter-million-dollar prize.

RaceTrac #2359, 4331 Bells Ferry Road in Kennesaw, sold the winning ticket.

“We saw this guy buy one, so we went and bought one, too,” explained Faulk, 53. “We were at my house when we scratched it. We couldn’t believe it.”

Faulk, an accountant, considers the windfall exciting.

She and her husband, Kip, have two adult children and three grandchildren. She plans to save her portion.

James Hewatt Jr., 55, of Marietta plans to buy his wife a new car; and Rodney Hewatt, 50, of Acworth intends to finance his daughter’s wedding.

“We’re all very close,” Faulk explained.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.2 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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Georgia Lottery winner takes home $500,000 from The Big $5 Ticket

Wilton Andrews, Jr.,from Pooler, Georgia, won a cool half-million dollar prize playing The Big $5 Ticket instant game from the Georgia Lottery.

“I rode around with a bunch of tickets,” Andrews said. “I’d put them in the sun visor. When it got full, I pulled them down.”

Andrews, unknowingly, had the ticket for about two weeks before claiming his prize March 27 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Savannah.

“I was at my lunch break at work when I scratched it,” Andrews said.

Gate Store #209, 418 E. Highway 80 in Pooler, sold the winning ticket.

A food processing plant employee, Andrews has no plans at the moment for his windfall.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16 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.

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Scratch-off lottery games not as random as you think

The North American lottery industry is a $70 billion-a-year business. It generates more revenue than movie tickets, music, and porn combined. The American lottery system is as old as the country itself. As many as 50% of U.S. citizens have played the lottery at least once in their lives. Twenty precent consider themselves regular players.

Are state-run scratch-off games completely random? Absolutely not.

A famous Wired Magazine article profiled Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, who essentially cracked the system and was able to identify winning tickets with 90 percent accuracy just by looking at the numbers on the visible tic-tac-toe grid.

Srivastava would spot what he called “singletons,” numbers that appear only a single time on the visible tic-tac-toe boards. He realized that the singletons were almost always repeated under the latex coating. If three singletons appeared in a row on one of the eight boards, that ticket was probably a winner.

He has also realized similar success with Bingo scratch-off lottery tickets.

Seem impossible? Not really if you think about it.

Creating impregnable lottery scratch-off tickets is extremely difficult, if not impossible believes Srivastava. “There is nothing random about the lottery,” he says. “In reality, everything about the game has been carefully designed to control payouts and entice the consumer.” Of course, these elaborate design elements mean that the ticket can be undesigned, that the algorithm can be reverse-engineered. The veneer of chance can be peeled away.

The history of state-run scratch-off lotteries is filled with multiple winners who either have beaten incredible odds or who have likely gamed the system.

Check out these stories:

The Florida Lottery

The Hoosier Lottery

New Jersey Lottery

And of course there’s Joan R. Ginther, a former statistics professor, who had won four different multi-million dollar jackpots in Texas – three of which came from purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets. It was speculated that there was actually a pattern to where and when the winning tickets were sold, and that Professor Ginther had figured out this pattern

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Georgia Man Wins $3 Million Taxes Paid

article2_20141010When Plains, Georgia truck driver Kenneth Mooney, 57, went into a local gas station to buy a lottery ticket the clerk nicknamed him “Big Money,” most likely a play on his last name. The nickname turned out to be rather fitting when Mooney won $3 million on a Georgia Lottery Scratch Off Ticket. The best part about this particular winning ticket is that Mooney won’t have to pay taxes on the $3 million because he won it on a game called $3,000,000 Taxes Paid where the lottery pays the taxes. On all big lottery wins, the United States federal government taxes 25% and the state of Georgia also takes 6% of the win. Not having to pay taxes is like a second win for Mooney.

Mooney and his wife, Debbie, have four grown children and nine grandchildren. Mooney plans to use the winnings to buy a new home and new pickup truck. He also plans to put money into a trust for his grandchildren. He hopes to take a hunting vacation in South Texas soon.

Winning Ticket Found

winningticketNeed to motivate your kids to keep a clean room? Tell them the story of Gregory Jarrett.

Gregory Jarrett, from Decatur, Georgia recently cleaned his room and found a winning Powerball ticket! The original drawing was held earlier this year and luckily for Jarrett, he found his ticket in time to claim his prize.

His winning numbers, 7-8-9-24-29, were worth $1,000,000. These lucky numbers hold a special meaning to him; they are his siblings’ birth dates.

In disbelief, he had to ask his mom to help verify the numbers. Jarrett plans on paying off bills with his winnings.

Each year, it is estimated that over $800 million in prize money is left unclaimed. Although some of these are small prizes, others are larger sums and could even be worth $1,000,000!

Tennessee Resident Wins $250K from Georgia Lottery

thumbnailLiving near the Georgia/Tennessee border has its perks. Timothy Byrd, a native Tennessean and avid lottery fan, often buys scratchers from both the Georgia Lottery and the Tennessee Lottery. A few weeks ago, he happened to be on the Georgia side of the border when he decided to purchase a Millionaire Jumbo Bucks scratch off ticket. Byrd didn’t have his reading glasses with him and was unable to see that he had won $250,000. It wasn’t until he asked the clerk to check the ticket for him that he realized he had won a big prize.

Byrd plans to use his winnings to pay off his bills and buy a new truck.

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Georgia Woman Wins Half of Record Jackpot

cashwomanIra Curry was driving to work on Wednesday morning when she heard the winning numbers for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing and the location where the winning ticket was purchased. She remembered that her ticket was purchased at the same place and that she had selected her family’s lucky number seven as the Mega Ball, same as the winning ticket. Curry called her daughter and told her to check the ticket. All six numbers matched. Ira’s ticket was one of two jackpot winning tickets for that drawing. She won half of the $648 million jackpot which was the 2nd largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Curry, a Stone Mountain, GA resident, chose the cash option and will take home $173,819,742.50 before taxes. She claimed the prize the day after the drawing and hasn’t had any time to decide what she will do with the winnings.