ATLANTA – A 31-year-old softball player has hit a home run with a new crossover utility vehicle courtesy of the Georgia Lottery. Katisha Hawkins of Tallahassee, Fla., won a brand new Cadillac playing the instant game Cadillac Riches.
Georgia Lottery representatives presented Hawkins with her new 2012 Cadillac SRX Crossover Monday at Spence Chevrolet Cadillac-Buick-GMC, 15283 U.S. Highway 19 S. in Thomasville.
“I’m so happy,” exclaimed Hawkins, who anticipates driving her children in her new ride to Magic Kingdom Theme Park in Orlando.
The Florida A&M University employee is especially excited about her new vehicle because she travels with her adult women’s softball team.
“I’m always traveling on the weekends, and I’ve always said that I need more room and a spacious trunk,” she shared. “I’ve been playing softball since I was 5-years-old, so it’s my happy place.”
Hawkins, who has a 7-year-old daughter and a 5-month-old son, were traveling to Georgia with her sister for dinner when she stopped for gas. HUD’s #3, 2499 U.S. Highway 319 S. in Thomasville, is where she purchased the lucky ticket.
“I was in the middle of the street hollering, and my sister didn’t believe me,” Hawkins said. “I feel good, and I’m very excited.”
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.4 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.