ATLANTA - Rodney Caddele of Snellville has snapped up a $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia Lottery Premium.
Caddele, 47, claimed his prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.
“I’d just bought the ticket, but I’ve had a lucky feeling for quite some time,” the father of four said.
C & D Package Store, 6098 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, sold the winning ticket, and Caddele scratched it in his car.
“Before I scratched it, I turned off the radio and rolled down the windows,” he recalled. “Afterward, I called my wife, and she didn’t believe me. I went to show the clerk, and she screamed.”
The lucky winner attributes his positive thinking to winning his $1 million prize.
“You have to visualize things into existence,” Caddele explained. “I just felt like I knew it was going to happen.”
Describing the experience as “surreal,” Caddele and his wife, Ann, plan to purchase new vehicles.
“I want to buy a new Range Rover and a Porsche,” he shared. “I’m ecstatic!”
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.8 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 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.