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Douglasville man captures $488K lottery prize

Douglasville man captures $488K lottery prize

ATLANTA – A Douglasville man is applauding a large windfall from the Georgia Lottery with numbers selected from a Quik Pik. Dan Casteel, 63, matched all five winning numbers from the April 5 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $488,279 jackpot prize.

Winning numbers from the April 5 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 3-14-33-38-39.

Exxon Food Mart at 5040 Highway 5 in Douglasville sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

Casteel discovered the results while on the Georgia Lottery’s website. He claimed his prize April 6 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

“This is one of the biggest events of my life,” Casteel said.

The lucky winner retired four years ago working in logistics for The Kroger Co. He and his wife have two adult children and four grandchildren.

“At my age, it feels so nice to have a nest egg,” Casteel said.

QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

(WXIA) -- It has the makings of an April Fools' Day joke, but QuikTrip really did begin offering a breakfast pizza on Apr. 1.

The new culinary creation features a crispy crust topped with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and melted cheddar jack cheese. It is available from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily at the QT Kitchens full service counters. The pizza costs $2.99 for one slice or $5 for two.

So far, the breakfast pizza is a hit, according to QuikTrip Corporate Chef Nick Powell.

"Our savory breakfast pizza is a new and exciting breakfast option. Customers rave about it," Powell said in a statement.

Visit quiktrip.com to find your nearest QuikTrip.

Fantasy 5 ticket worth $258K sold in Austell

Fantasy 5 ticket worth $258K sold in Austell

ATLANTA – A gas station in Austell has sold a winning Georgia Lottery ticket worth over a quarter of a million dollars. Shell Food Mart, located at 1355 Blair Bridge Road, is one of three locations in Georgia to sell a winning Quik Pik ticket worth $258,900 from the Feb. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing.

The other two winning tickets were sold in Cochran and Marietta.

Mbonjik Hall of Douglasville is the winner who purchased his lucky ticket in Austell. He claimed his prize Feb. 18 at the Georgia Lottery’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Fantasy 5 drawing were: 13-18-21-25-34.

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

Douglasville woman wins $745K lottery prize

Douglasville woman wins $745K lottery prize

ATLANTA -- A Douglasville woman says the law of attraction helped her to win a Georgia Lottery prize worth nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. Melodia Harris, 32, won the $745,710 jackpot prize from matching all five winning numbers from the Oct. 1 Fantasy 5 drawing.

“I’ve been saying forever that I’m going to win. I used the law of attraction and visualization,” Harris explained. “I’m a huge believer in faith, visualization and law of attraction.”

Lottery representatives presented the lucky winner with an oversize check Wednesday at Hunter Park in Douglasville.

RaceTrac at 9294 Highway 5 in Douglasville sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

Harris discovered her windfall while checking the results from the drawing on the Georgia Lottery’s website from her mobile phone.

“I was at Target in the parking lot, and something told me to check,” she recalled. “I didn’t even make it inside. I was screaming and in tears – happy tears.”

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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