$1M Powerball winner claims prize

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Sean Nelson of Pooler was one of three Georgia Lottery players to match the first five winning numbers from the $448 million Powerball drawing.

The Powerball ticket sold in Pooler worth $1 million from the Aug. 7 drawing was claimed Friday. Sean Nelson of Pooler was one of three Georgia Lottery players to match the first five winning numbers from the $448 million Powerball drawing.

While looking in his wallet for a receipt Friday morning, the 26-year-old saw the Powerball ticket and checked the results from the drawing on his computer. He claimed his winnings at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Savannah.

“I almost fell out of my seat,” Nelson recalled.

Parker’s #0037, 10 N. Godley Station Blvd. in Pooler, sold the lucky Quik Pik ticket.

The additional winning Powerball tickets worth $1 million were sold in Peachtree City and Stockbridge.

“I picked up a soda and a ticket,” he explained. “I feel like I’m in a dream.”

Nelson, a branch manager for an employment agency, has no immediate plans for his windfall.

“It hasn’t set in yet,” he shared. “I’ll pay off bills and maybe take a vacation.”

Winning numbers from the Aug. 7 Powerball drawing were: 5-25-30-58-59 and the Powerball was 32.

Wednesday’s drawing is an estimated $70 million to a single annuity winner.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play to multiply non-jackpot prize winnings.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.6 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.