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Harris County mother wins $4M, shares with 2 daughters

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

ATLANTA – One Harris County mother has won millions from the Georgia Lottery and is sharing her good fortune with her daughters. Emma Grillo of Ellerslie won a $4 million prize playing the instant game Super Millions.

Grillo is sharing the prize with her two daughters, Allena Grillo, 26; and Opici Woodgett, 32, both of Ellerslie.

“These are my girls,” she explained. “I have to share it with them.”

The three claimed their share Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Columbus.

Emma Grillo purchased the lucky ticket at Corner Cupboard #0003, 3857 Milgen Road in Columbus, and scratched it in her car.

“I was by myself, and I was like ‘OK, is this real?’ ” the grandmother of three questioned. “ ‘I’m looking at this ticket, so it’s got to be real.’”

According to Grillo, she made phone calls to her daughters. Soon after, they were by her side to celebrate.

“We couldn’t believe it at first, but we’re happy,” Woodgett exclaimed.

Neither Grillo nor her daughters have immediate plans for their windfall.

Super Millions is an instant ticket loaded with prizes of up to $5 million.

Georgia Lottery players can enter non-winning Super Millions tickets into the Extra Chance $1 million prize drawing. For more information, visit www.galottery.com.

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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