Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ATLANTA – A Savannah woman is celebrating a Georgia Lottery win. Natalie McPherson, 28, won a $40,000 top prize playing the instant game Big Deal.
“I’m going to go to school to study electronics and computer engineering,” McPherson said of her winnings. “I’m going to pay off a couple of bills, and I need a new car.”
McPherson asked her father to purchase a ticket on her behalf while on his way to work, she said.
“I asked him to pick up two tickets, and he brought them back to the house,” the lucky winner said. “I had to get a magnifying glass to see if I was seeing the prize right.”
McPherson, an associate manager at a local discount store, is ecstatic and added that she also plans to “help my dad out.”
“I still can’t believe it,” she exclaimed.
Ganesh Food Mart, 4402 Waters Ave. in Savannah, sold the lucky ticket.
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.
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