Sunday, March 13, 2005
ATLANTA – Mother’s Day arrived early for a Blakely grandmother. Myrtle Smith, 62, played the new Georgia Lottery instant game Happy Mother’s Day and won $75,000.
The winning ticket was purchased at Quick Buys #0104, located at 18173 E. South Blvd. in Blakely.
When Mrs. Smith scratched the ticket, she was surprised to see that she was a top prize winner. “I was sitting in the car in front of the store. The door was open, and I almost fell out of that car,” she says laughing.
Mrs. Smith returned to the store and asked the clerk to confirm that she won $75,000. She says, “Everybody in the store had to look at that ticket.”
According to Mrs. Smith, a retired school bus driver, she will share her winnings with her family and friends.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.2 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.
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