ATLANTA - A Douglasville woman has landed a $1 million Powerball prize from the Aug. 3 drawing. Trena Tusinski matched the first five numbers, winning a $1 million prize.
Tusinski, who works in medical imaging, claimed her prize Aug. 6 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.
Shell Food Mart, 4081 Anneewakee Road in Douglasville, sold the winning ticket.
“I was on my way to my second job when I stopped for a ticket,” Tusinski explained. “I asked the clerk to scan the ticket I already had. She paused and said, ‘This one is a winner!’”
The lucky winner was in shock.
“I grabbed my phone and called my sister,” Tusinski said. “I was shouting, ‘I just hit the Powerball!’”
Having worked a second job for five years, Tusinski intends to pamper herself.
“I want to pay off bills, buy a new house, help my family and buy a new car,” she shared. “I’m going to invest, but I want to treat myself for working hard.”
Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $50 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.