The winner, Tracye Bulger, claimed her prize at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth on Monday after scoring big in the instant “Atlanta Falcons Big Win!” game at an AM/PM on Highway 92, said Kimberly M. Starks, Georgia Lottery spokeswoman.
Bulger could not be reached for comment Thursday, and Starks said when she went to collect her winnings, the Marietta resident also declined to have her picture taken and didn’t offer officials any personal information about herself.
Starks said that isn’t exactly uncommon.
“It’s a toss-up,” she said. “Some winners are happy to have their photos taken and have their short, fun story written up.”
Bulger, however, is apparently “just one the winners that decided to be private,” Starks said.
The story was the same with Lora Sansing of Woodstock earlier in October when she won $1 million on a Powerball ticket purchased at PJ’s Food Mart. Officials said she declined to have her photo taken as well. She then couldn’t be reached for an interview.
But Starks said no matter who wants to talk about their winnings or who doesn’t, something exiting is happening around Cherokee County for lottery winners.
In the month of October alone, there have been four big winners, including Bulger, who either live in or bought their winning ticket in Cherokee County, the spokeswoman said.
Although the uptick in winning tickets might seem strange, Starks said it isn’t unheard of.
“We have winners all across the state every day,” she said. “Right now, we’ve just had a lot of winners in Cherokee County.”
Some stores around Cherokee County, like the store where Sansing bought her ticket earlier in October, also seem to be getting lucky with the number of winning tickets passing through their doors.
The AM/PM where Bulger bought her ticket has apparently had similar luck, although representatives at the store said Thursday no one had told them about her winnings.
An employee of the store named Ranil, who declined to give his last name, was surprised but pleased when he was told about Bulger’s ticket.
“Wow,” Ranil said. “If that’s true then that’s the third big winner.”
Ranil said the store had also sold a $1 million ticket and one worth more than $300,000.
They have copies of the tickets pasted on the store wall, he said.
The AM/PM store owner, who declined to give his name, also said no one told the store they sold the ticket, but he too said it was the third “major” win at his store.
When asked how his store has lucked out and sold three winning tickets, the owner said he didn’t know if there was any real reason.
“Nobody can predict that, the future,” he said.