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Grid garners $80K prize for Jesup grandmother

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ATLANTA – A crossword puzzle from the Georgia Lottery has one Jesup grandmother grinning since winning a prize worth thousands. Vanessa Simmons, 59, scored high points in solving a puzzle from the instant game Cherry, Orange & Lemon Doubler Cashword, winning an $80,000 top prize.

“I just bought the ticket,” she said. “I rubbed off the letters, and it was there.”

Simmons, a bookkeeper for an elementary school, and her husband, James, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

“I don’t have plans,” she shared. “I just want to deposit it in the bank.”

Jesup Discount Corner, located at 1105 S. First St. in Jesup, sold the winning ticket.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.8 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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