Rydal tire repairman drives off with $5M lottery win
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Sep 08, 2011 | 2706 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA - A self-employed tire repairman from Rydal is driving off with a Georgia Lottery win. Michael Collum, 55, won a $5 million top prize playing the instant game Super Millions.

"I just stopped and bought a couple of tickets," Collum said. "I was shocked more than anything else."

Highway 411 Food Mart, 2472 Highway 411 N.E. in White, sold the winning ticket.

"I saw all of those zeroes rolling out of there," Collum recalled. "I scratched it in the store."

The grandfather of eight said he's "happy as two or three larks."

In addition to his grandchildren, Collum has five adult children with his wife, Janice. He has no plans at the moment for his lottery win but will consider semi-retiring.

"I'm going to take it slowly to see what's what," he shared. "It's very life changing."

Super Millions is a new instant game with top prizes of $1 million, $2 million, $3 million, $4 million and $5 million. Players can enter non-winning tickets in an extra chance drawing for a chance to win $1 million.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $12.7 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 1.3 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.