Valdosta letter carrier wins $5,000, chance at $10M


ATLANTA – A Valdosta postal worker is carried away with excitement. Willie Newberry, 55, was randomly selected in the April 4 Georgia’s Millionaire Club drawing, winning $5,000 along with a chance to win $10 million.

Newberry was at home at the time of the televised drawing but did not discover his win until the following day while on his job.

“My wife called and said that I’d won a lottery prize,” he said. “I thought it was an April Fools’ joke.”

Newberry has worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for eight years. He and his wife, Vandella, have five adult children and five grandchildren.

Georgia’s Millionaire Club weekly drawings are held in conjunction with the instant game Georgia’s $500 Million Club. Each weekly Georgia’s Millionaire Club winner will receive $5,000 and become a finalist in the Extra Chance $10 Million Grand Prize Drawing.

“$10 million is the kicker,” Newberry exclaimed. “If I win, I would definitely retire.”

Players can mail in a non-winning Georgia’s $500 Million Club ticket to enter the Georgia’s Millionaire Club drawings. Complete the back of the ticket, add a stamp, and mail the ticket as a postcard. The Georgia Lottery will conduct a weekly drawing from all entries received that week. Weekly drawings will be broadcast as a part of the Cash 3 evening drawings each Friday at 6:59 p.m.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $9.9 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 Prekindergarten Program. More than 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 860,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.