In her first wager on a Georgia Lottery game introduced Dec. 29, Kimberley Peavy hit the jackpot.
Scratching off the $20 Millionaire Jumbo Bucks ticket she bought Jan. 2 at Columbus’ University Chevron station, she won $2.5 million bucks.
Steven Massey, the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s district manager for this area, presented Peavy a check Tuesday at the 3711 Macon Road service station. Asked what she would do next, the 33-year-old bookkeeper for for Whatley Oil Co. joked, “I’m going shopping.”
But seriously, she and Sidney Johnson, a service manager at Whatley Oil, said they would use the money to provide college funds for four daughters, ages 17, 15, 12 and 23 months.
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They also have medical bills to pay: Their 23-month-old has had two open-heart surgeries, the Phenix City couple said.
Peavy’s luck resulted from letting earlier winnings ride. She and Johnson had two winning tickets that together were worth $30, so they bought a $10 ticket and the $20 Jumbo Bucks scratch-off. When Peavy hit the Jumbo Bucks jackpot, they gave the other ticket to a coworker, Johnson said.