ATLANTA – A free Fantasy 5 ticket has netted a Summerville man his second Georgia Lottery win in two years. David Hester won $31,155 with a free ticket that matched all five winning numbers in the Oct. 22 Fantasy 5 drawing. He won $30,000 on an instant game in 2007.
“It’s exciting,” said Hester, who won his free Fantasy 5 ticket by matching two of five winning numbers in a previous drawing.
According to Hester, 51, his prior winnings were used for home improvements, including a new roof and front porch. He’s still deciding how to spend his latest prize.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I’ll probably work on my house some more.”
Hester, a maintenance worker, is married with three children. His daughter is attending Georgia Northwestern Technical College with the lottery-funded HOPE Grant.
“HOPE is helping out a lot,” Hester said.
Winning numbers for the Oct. 22 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 3-21-26-32-39. Two additional jackpot tickets for the drawing were purchased in Augusta and Savannah.
Hester received his Quik Pik ticket at Mr. C’s, 6280 Martha Berry Highway N.E., Armuchee.
Georgia Lottery retailers selling winning Fantasy 5 jackpot tickets receive a retailer incentive bonus of $2,000. The retailer incentive bonus increases by $2,000 each time Fantasy 5 rolls. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold, the retailers selling the jackpot winning tickets will share the bonus. Mr. C’s will receive a $667 retailer incentive bonus.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $11.2 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 1.2 million students have received HOPE, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.