Barrow County man snags $1M Mega Millions prize
RELEASE DATE: 12/18/2013
ATLANTA – Jesse Whitley, 30, of Bethlehem matched the first five numbers from the Dec. 17 Mega Millions drawing to win a $1 million prize.
Whitley, an air conditioning and heating repairman, set a reminder on his phone to purchase a ticket for Tuesday night’s drawing.
He checked his numbers online Wednesday morning and realized he had a winning ticket. He shared the good news with his wife.
“She didn’t believe me when I told her,” he said. “She still doesn’t believe me.”
Whitley purchased his lucky Quik Pik ticket at CITGO Food Mart, 529 Patrick Mill Road S.W. in Winder.
Whitley, a married father of one with a second child on the way, says he and his wife have not yet decided what they will do with the big win.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.9 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 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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