PTC pilot wins $1M in Georgia Lottery

Thu, 01/10/2008 - 5:45pm
By: The Citizen

Lotto winning PTC pilot Huefner

A Delta Air Lines pilot is flying off with a $1 million Georgia Lottery prize. John Huefner, 54, played Holiday Millionaire Raffle and won a million-dollar top prize.

“It’s very surreal,” said Huefner, a resident of Peachtree City.

Publix Super Market #0546, located at 130 Peachtree East Shopping Center in Peachtree City, sold the lucky ticket.

Huefner and his wife, Penny, have two sons – ages 23 and 18. According to Huefner, he will use his winnings to pay bills and pay off his home mortgage.

Holiday Millionaire Raffle was a limited-time game that gave Georgia Lottery players their best odds ever to win $1 million. The game offered four $1 million prizes, four $100,000 prizes, 20 $10,000 prizes and 1,000 $500 prizes.

The $1 million tickets were purchased in Duluth, Hogansville, Peachtree City and Winder. The $100,000 tickets were purchased in Buford, Douglasville, Macon and Marietta.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $9.5 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 860,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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Submitted by muddle on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 11:06am.

I don't really have any moral qualms about it, as some do.

But one of my professors once related a story that illustrates how things stand with me.

He had a friend who was very wealthy. His friend once said, "Stu, I could fall face down into a truckload of manure, and I would come up with fists full of $100 bills." My prof, "Stu," was quick to reply, "Bill, I could fall face first into a truckload of $100 bills, and I would come up with fists full of manure."

I am much more like Stu than Bill.

I would stand a better chance of striking it rich--much better than the lottery--were I to go out in my back yard wearing a catcher's mitt in the hope that large diamonds would drop from the sky.

Now, on a different note, I seem to be particularly gifted at winning "reverse lotteries"--those that no one wants to win.

I'll illustrate.

A couple of years ago, Mrs. Muddle and I were traveling at about 70 mph on the interstate in my Honda Civic. It was a very hot day, and we had the A/C going, but I thought I'd check to see if it would be OK to open the sunroof. As me moved along at that high rate of speed, I opened the roof, determined that it was just too hot, and closed it back--an interval of perhaps ten seconds or less.

In that ten second interval, a bird overhead managed to drop his entire payload through that moving, 18" x 36" window and onto my gearshift.

What are the odds? They must be astronomical--on the order of getting a life-sustaining universe like ours out of an accidental Bang.

I should send this to Penrose at Oxford and ask him to do the calculations.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 1:17pm.

As long as we are sharing "true bird confessions", I'll share mine.

About 7 years ago I was coaching little league baseball. I took the team up to the batting cages in Fayetteville just north of the town square. I am watching the kids take their swings and then *THWOK* something hit me in the head. I was stunned for a second, and figured someone had fouled a ball off my baseball cap....until I felt something trickling down the back of my neck.

Yep.You guessed it.

I looked up in the sky and there was a huge bird of prey, probably a falcon, circling lazily overhead. I swear that $@#$ bird was laughing at me.

Footnote: those kids ran a lot of laps that day...I never did figure out which one of them referred to me as "Coach @#$%head"...

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Submitted by muddle on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 2:31pm.

In 2000, my wife, my best friend, and I were all in Aberdeen, Scotland, where my friend and I were reading papers at a conference.

I had rented a car for the week, and we drove all over the Scottish Highlands. It was kept parked behind out hotel.

We had noticed as we went walking in the city that the birds--large seagulls, we thought then, but someone has since told me they were likely albatross(es?)--made for interesting hikes, with droppings and splatterings everywhere.

On one occasion, we were headed for the car. We got to it, climbed in, and had just closed the doors when WHOOSH! The entire car--and I mean THE ENTIRE CAR: windshield, side windows, back window, hood, trunk--was utterly covered in droppings. It was as if someone had dumped a couple of gallons of white paint from an upper story window.

This had to have been a consipiracy, with at least a half a dozen or more conspirators--an attempt at "shock and awe."

We sat there stunned and in silence, and then broke out together in one of the best laughs I can remember.

(And then, right after that, I nearly killed us all by running counter-clockwise on a roundabout--another story.)

Submitted by kevin king on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 12:18pm.

I've never bought a lottery ticket and I never will. No moral objection, but I need better odds. I love your posts; from the waterboarders at Time magazine to the sunroof of flying excrement, you always bring a smile to, at times, very weighty issues and heated debate. Thanks for being a regular!



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Submitted by NUK_1 on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 4:11pm.

He's a great guy with a great family and I'm happy for him.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 10:44am.

Isn't this the guy who had a son who won the High School Heisman a few years back? Fate and fortune certainly smile on this family!! Smiling
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Submitted by ears on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 2:59pm.

It just doesn't make sense to me how people can complain about not making enough money. I'm not a pilot, but if I wanted to be making "too much" money, I could be, and so could anyone else. Obviously, circumstances and priorities differ, but there are always opportunities depending on how hard a person wants to work. When you think about it as far as how much has been taken from the pilots, they aren't making "too much." If you think they are, then you should have gotten a pilot's license. The choices people make lead to how much money they will make, and if the choices you make lead you to making 50k a year, that's great--but don't bash those who have made the decisions that lead to more money. And, hey, the guy's paying bills, not buying cars! Last, you can't get jealous that he got the money if you aren't playing! Lottery can be played responsibly, and you're not going to get lucky unless you take a risk. That's true for everything in life. I know from personal experience that life can be just wonderful on 50k a year. Live life well by your own means--just don't pity yourself for not having money if you haven't taken the steps to get it. Money like that is definitely not a necessity, but if that's the kind of money you want, then get it rather than scorn the people who have it. Way to go, pilot man!!

Submitted by tonto707 on Sat, 01/12/2008 - 9:47am.

people complaining about the lottery. It's not a tax, as Boortz would have you believe, and it's not taking food out of babies mouths.

People who waste or mis-use their resources are free to do that and the lottery is not a compelling force. They will do it someway, somewhere, lottery or no.

In today's economy, I don't think there are a lot of overpaid pilots either.

Submitted by Annie on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 12:57pm.

I think it means that a lot of people play the lotto and it seems wasteful to those making less than 50K/year -- that's my best guess. Maybe only those making 100k/year plus (such as pilots) should play the lotto.

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Submitted by rzz on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 9:54pm.

Got part of your retirement back. Good on ya.

Submitted by PTCD on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 8:52am.

You must be a pilot as well.......What a joke

Submitted by PTCGuy on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 9:08am.

"...what a joke." Just what is that supposed to mean?

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