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Leeman Wills of Thomson wins $5,529 college savings contribution as winner of Path2College Newborn Sweepstakes

Jul 12, 2018

ATLANTA—Today, Leeman Wills, was awarded $5,529 for his Path2College 529 Plan account as the winner of the 2017 Path2College Newborn Sweepstakes.

“Our family is extremely grateful for this wonderful gift,” said Scott Wills, Leeman’s father who entered him in the sweepstakes. “With college tuition rising every year, this is a great opportunity to begin saving for our child’s future.  It is hard to describe in words how much of a blessing this has been to us!”

Wills was born at University Hospital. As part of the sweepstakes, the hospital also received a prize of $1,529.

“We in the W.G. Watson, M.D., Women’s Center at University Hospital are extremely excited that one of our special deliveries was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Path2College Newborn Sweepstakes,” announced Joan Diamond, Administrative Director of Women & Children’s Services at University. “We are grateful for the support of this initiative in helping ensure tomorrow’s leaders have educational opportunities afforded to them. We are sure little Leeman is destined to do great things in life.”

“College often seems like a distant milestone for new parents who have other more immediate concerns to deal with,” said Caylee Noggle, Interim President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which partners with the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the Path2College 529 Plan for the state of Georgia. “But to have the most impact, families need to start saving early and to contribute to their savings regularly. That’s why we try to reach new parents through the Newborn Sweepstakes—so they know the resources that the state of Georgia has available to help them prepare for their child’s financial future.”

The Path2College Newborn Sweepstakes is currently in its eighth year. Parents, grandparents and guardians of Georgia babies born in 2018 may go to for official rules, prize details and to enter for a chance to win the 2018 Newborn Sweepstakes. Entrants must be legal residents or taxpayers to Georgia and at least 18 years of age to enter. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by the Path2College 529 Plan.

Wills is the second Newborn Sweepstakes winner from the Augusta area. The 2012 winner, Darron Lenon, was born at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Other winners have included: Emma Hayward, Charlie Rayn Grant, Clara Grace King, and Bryce Wilson, who were each born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta; and Luca Alonzo, who was born at Cartersville Medical Center.

For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan, please visit or call (877) 424-4377.

To learn more about the Path2College 529 Plan, its investment objectives, tax benefits, risks, and costs please see the Disclosure Booklet at Read it carefully. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss. Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds or protection from creditors only available for investing in its own 529 plan. Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice, including the impact of the new federal tax changes. If the funds aren't used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, distributor and underwriter for the Path2College 529 Plan.


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