Donna Laughridge, 68, of Waleska, won a $150,000 jackpot in the Fantasy 5 game Oct. 15, after purchasing her winning ticket at a QuikTrip gas station in Adairsville, officials with the Georgia Lottery said Tuesday.
“I was in disbelief,” the retired medical technician told lottery officials. “I went to the neighborhood store and confirmed it.”
Georgia Lottery spokeswoman Kimberly Starks said for any lottery win more than $5,000, 31 percent of the winnings are taken out for taxes, leaving Laughridge with a $103,500 prize.
Laughridge told lottery officials she and her husband, William, planned on helping out their immediate family members financially with the winnings.
Laughridge’s winning numbers were 20-25-32-33-39, and her ticket was purchased at the QuikTrip station No. 0757, located at 961 Highway 140 N.W. in Adairsville.
Two other Cherokee residents won big recently playing the Georgia Lottery.
On Sept. 30, a Woodstock father of two won the top prize of $5 million in the Millionaire Jumbo Bucks instant game.
Gregg Barnes, 50, bought his winning ticket at Food Mart in Duluth at 3083 Breckinridge Boulevard. Barnes is a manager for a printing company and said he purchased the ticket on his lunch break.
“I scratched it in my car and said, ‘What!’ I thought that I was seeing things,” he said to lottery officials Oct. 2. “It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Another Woodstock winner, Lora Sansing, won $1 million off of a Powerball ticket she purchased at the PJ’s Food Mart at 6741 Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock.
Sansing bought her ticket Oct. 2, and declined to comment to lottery officials.
Manager of PJ’s Food Mart, Yogesh “Yogi” Patel, said the convenience store had sold three winning lottery tickets in the last two years, and he sold two of them.
“Last year we had two Fantasy 5 winners, one was $457,000 and one was $50,000. The copies of those winning checks are (displayed in the store),” Patel said Oct. 7.
The Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for educational programs such as Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. Since the first year of the Georgia Lottery, the corporation has returned more than $14.8 billion to the state to fund education.
More than 1.6 million students have received the HOPE Scholarship, and more than 1.3 million Pre-K students have attended the statewide program.