A father from Gwinnett County has won a quarter of a million dollars from the Georgia Lottery. Akbar Ali of Lilburn won a $250,000 prize from matching the first five winning numbers in the April 20 Mega Millions drawing.
Ali, 42, claimed his prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.
“I wanted to take my time and set up a game plan,” said Ali, explaining his decision to wait before claiming his prize.
The lucky winner and his wife, Anila, have one daughter whom they intend on enrolling into a private school.
“We will take a short vacation and put the remainder away in savings and retirement,” Ali shared.
A financial services manager, Ali said he picked three of his own numbers and selected the Quik Pik option for the others.
“I had a bunch of tickets, and I was going through them,” he said. “When I saw the ticket, I said ‘aha!’”
Winning numbers from the April 20 Mega Millions drawing were: 14-23-26-33-35 and the Mega Ball was: 40.
East Point Lotto, 2925 Headland Drive in Atlanta, sold the winning ticket.