From Staff Reports
A car sales manager for Taylor Hundai won $59,466 this week in a Fantasy 5 jackpot from a ticket sold at a Martinez store.
Ben Davis, of North Augusta, S.C., was one of three players each to match all five winning numbers from the Aug. 21 Fantasy 5 drawing, taking home the $59,466 jackpot prize, according to a news release from the Georgia Lottery.
Davis purchased the winning ticket at the Circle K at 261 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez. Two other winning tickets for that drawing were sold in Augusta and Stockbridge.
Davis, 56, intends to share his prize with Todd Torchia, general manager of the Taylor Hyundai. He claimed the prize Wednesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Augusta.
“We picked our own numbers,” Davis said. “They didn’t have any significance.”
The father of two said that a sailboat passed him on the Interstate on the day of the drawing, and that was his lucky sign to play.
“I just like sailboats,” he explained.
Davis and Torchia are happy they’ve won.
“At first I said, ‘I’ve got the wrong ticket.’ I had to check the date,” Davis recalled. “I couldn’t believe it, but (Todd) could tell by my expression that it was real.”
Winning numbers from the Aug. 21 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 8-9-17-25-34.