Phenix City woman wins $2.5 million in lottery

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.

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.