After logging onto Facebook after work, a UPS driver discovered he had won $20,000.
“My phone started ringing, and people were congratulating me on Facebook,” said 31-year-old Casey Mattox.
Mattox’s name was announced on television as the winner of the Georgia Lottery’s $3,000,000 Taxes Paid extra chance drawing Oct. 26. His prize amounts to $20,000 after taxes.
“I was excited,” he said. “I was jumping up and down.”
Mattox, of Blackshear, said he plans to save most of his winnings.
“I might get my wife a good Christmas present,” he added.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $12.9 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 1.3 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.