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Visiting mom packs $1M prize over holidays

Thursday, December 27, 2012

ATLANTA – One mom visiting her daughter in metro Atlanta over the holidays is squeezing in a plentiful prize from the Georgia Lottery for the ride home. Elsie Torres of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., won a $1 million top prize playing the new instant game Millionaire Monopoly.

Torres, 52, claimed her prize Wednesday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

Publix Super Market #1078, located at 930 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville, sold the winning ticket.

The mother of three adult children scratched it at her daughter’s home.

“I thought I’d won $10,000, but I didn’t have on my glasses,” she said. “Then, I thought I’d won $100,000, and we all were emotional over that.”

Torres’s son confirmed the $1 million prize.

“It made for the best Christmas ever,” she said.

Excited over her windfall, Torres has no plans at the moment.

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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www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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