City coun­cil mem­ber wins big in Mega Mil­lions draw­ing

The Covington News - - Local news -

Cov­ing­ton coun­cil­woman Ocie Franklin won a sec­ondtier prize of $250,000 af­ter match­ing the first five winning num­bers in the Dec. 9 Mega Mil­lions draw­ing.

Franklin, rep­re­sent­ing Post 3 West, is the sec­ond elected of­fi­cial in Ge­or­gia to win a $250,000 prize play­ing Mega Mil­lions this year. In May, Lawrenceville Mayor Rex Mill­saps claimed a quar­ter­mil­lion dol­lar win from a Quik Pik ticket.

“I’m ex­cited, and I’m happy,” Franklin said.

The winning num­bers in the Dec. 9 Mega Mil­lions draw­ing were: 11-12-26-31-33 and the Mega Ball was 27. Franklin, 67, bought the Quik Pik ticket at Pantry Cor­ner, 2117 Emory St. N.W. in Cov­ing­ton. She later re­vis­ited the store where she dis­cov­ered the good news.

“I was sur­prised. I couldn’t be­lieve it,” the great-grand­mother of three said.

Franklin, who has two adult daugh­ters and two grand­chil­dren, said she plans to help peo­ple in her com­mu­nity. Oth­er­wise, hol­i­day plan­ning will go on as usual.

“I will lie back and re­lax,” she ex­claimed. “This prize is a good Christ­mas gift.”

As with all other Ge­or­gia Lot­tery games, pro­ceeds from Mega Mil­lions go to pay for spe­cific ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in­clud­ing Ge­or­gia’s HOPE Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram and Ge­or­gia’s Pre-K Pro­gram. More than 1.1 mil­lion stu­dents have re­ceived HOPE, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have at­tended the statewide, vol­un­tary prekinder­garten pro­gram.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ge­or­gia Lot­tery Cor­po­ra­tion and Mega Mil­lions, visit www. ga­lot­ and www.megamil­­lot­

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