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$500K blissful prize for Columbus mother of 2 teens

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ATLANTA – Excitement has soared for a Columbus mother who won a half-million dollar Georgia Lottery prize. Kenya Passmore, 36, won a $500,000 top prize playing the instant game Cash Deluxe.

Passmore has two teenagers, ages 13 and 15.

She purchased her lucky ticket at Nick N Dent, 1167 Henry Ave. in Columbus, while on her way home recently. She scratched it in her driveway.

“It didn’t register to me,” she said. “When I saw how much it was, I was hollering and screaming and shaking. I ran in the house and told my kids.”

A student studying healthcare administration at the University of Phoenix, Passmore is planning for her future.

“The first thing I want to do is purchase a home of my own,” she shared. “I want to try to invest the rest.”

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.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

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