Special to the Journal
ATLANTA – Three south Georgia couples have come forward to claim their share of a quarter-million dollar Mega Millions prize from the May 14 drawing. Albert and Helen Deberry of Alapaha; Albert and Earlene Williams of Ocilla; and Bobby Williams and Mary McLeod of Tifton, matched the first five winning numbers to win a $250,000 prize.
The couples claimed their share recently at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.
G & G Food Mart, 111 S. Irwin Ave. in Ocilla sold the winning ticket.
Winning numbers from the May 14 Mega Millions drawing were: 6-10-12-28-32 and the Mega Ball was 38.
Helen Deberry, 73, said the group are childhood friends who meet each week for dinner. While dining, each picked a number to play with hopes of winning the jackpot.“We made a pact that whatever we won, we’d divide it among the six of us,” Deberry said.
Between the couples, plans include a new truck, home repairs and savings.
Tuesday’s jackpot is at an estimated $12 million to a single annuity winner.
It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.
As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.