Macon resident hits $1 million prize in Powerball drawing

Staff reportFebruary 20, 2014 

A Macon woman was one of two Georgians to win $1 million in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing.

Sheila Dawson, 60, hit the big prize by matching the first five numbers in the Powerball drawing.

Dawson discovered her good fortune when she called the Georgia Lottery hotline Thursday morning.

“I thought I was dreaming at first,” Dawson, a maintenance technician, said in a statement from the Georgia Lottery Corp. “Surprisingly, I’m really calm. I guess it just hasn’t sunk in yet.”

A mother of four, Dawson said she’ll use the winnings to help her family. She also plans to buy a new home.

One lucky lottery ticket in Milpitas, Calif., hit a $425.3 million jackpot, and 18 players across the country matched the first five numbers for a $1 million prize.

The winning numbers were: 1, 17, 35, 49, and 54, and the Powerball number was 34.

Dawson’s winning Quik Pik ticket was sold at Discount Tobacco, 4224 Bloomfield Road.

There were also three $10,000 winners, and one of those was sold in Macon at the Ocmulgee East Chevron, 4900 Ocmulgee East Blvd.

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