Monday, February 27, 2012
ATLANTA – A Candler County roofer feels right at home winning money from the Georgia Lottery. Michael Schnelle, who lives in Metter, won a $50,000 prize playing the instant game Black Pearls.
Schnelle, who recently celebrated his 24th birthday Feb. 16, stopped at Bill’s Mini Mart, 1550 Dean Forest Road in Savannah, for the ticket while on his way to work.
“I play it all the time,” he said. “I feel pretty good and this will help out a lot.”
According to Schnelle, he became pale when he discovered his prize. He handed the winning ticket to his co-workers for them to view.
“They had a few choice words,” he quipped.
Schnelle and his wife, Shannon, have three children.
He anticipates paying off bills with his win.
“I’ll most likely have a nice get together, too,” he shared.
Black Pearls is a $5 instant game loaded with cash prizes of up to $500,000.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.1 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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