Millen, 44, won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game Monopoly Millionaire.
“I was on break from work when I stopped,” Millen said. “I picked up a Slim Jim, a 5-hour ENERGY and a ticket. It was the only one I could see, and it was shiny.”
QuikTrip No. 0845, at 600 S. Marietta Parkway, sold the winning ticket. Millen waited until he got home before scratching the ticket.
“I stared at it and read it 10 times,” he said.
Ecstatic, Millen anticipates purchasing a new car with his winnings.
“I have a daughter; she’s 10, so I’ll save for her to attend college,” he shared.
But he won’t be able to quit his job. After taxes the $1 million prize will be closer to half a million, though the Georgia Lottery press release on the winning ticket did not say exactly how much Millen would take home after taxes.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.