PTC man scores $250K in lotto

Tue, 07/03/2007 - 2:12pm
By: John Munford

A craving for corn chips helped a Peachtree City man make out big in lottery winnings.

The Mega Millions ticket Dana Peace purchased in Sharpsburg matched the first five numbers in the June 22 drawing. Peace, 26, won a $250,000 prize, and plans to use the money to attend commercial pilot school.

“I was taking my mom to the airport when I called the Georgia Lottery hotline,” Peace said. “My eyes were watery. I was hysterical.”

Peace is a building maintenance worker for Forsyth County. He purchased the ticket at the Corner Amoco on Hwy. 54 in Sharpsburg, according to lottery officials.

Peace also plans to buy a ring for his fiancee. His lucky numbers were 11-14-21-24-31.

“You just never know when you might win the lottery,” Peace said. “I was at the right place at the right time.”

Proceeds from Mega Millions benefit education in the state of Georgia. Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $9 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 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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