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Birthdays win Smyrna woman $250K prize

Thursday, May 16, 2013

ATLANTA – Tequila Hayes is in good spirits, especially since winning a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery. Hayes of Smyrna matched the first five winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing to claim a $250,000 prize.

Hayes, 36, used her grandparents’ birthdays for her lucky combination.

She claimed her prize Wednesday morning at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

“I got an email, and I recognized the numbers,” Hayes said. “I checked and was extremely excited.”

The mother of five woke her husband, Eric, and called her sister to share the good news.

“We’ve always joked that we’d win,” the lucky winner shared.

Feeling “great” over her windfall, Hayes anticipates paying off bills and taking a vacation.

Winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 6-10-12-28-32 and the Mega Ball was 38.

RaceTrac #0633, 2550 Spring Road in Smyrna, sold the winning numbers.

Friday’s jackpot is at an estimated $190 million to a single annuity winner.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 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.

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

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com, www.megamillions.com

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