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Hairstylist Sitting Pretty with $145,000 Lottery Win

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

ATLANTA - A Hampton hairstylist is a cut above as a Georgia Lottery winner. Kellesai Connally played Wild 10's and won the instant game's $145,000 top prize.

Ms. Connally purchased her lucky ticket at Fast Trip, located at 7415 Jonesboro Rd. in Jonesboro. She scratched the ticket in her car in the store's parking lot.

"I was sitting there in shock, wondering if I was dreaming," says Ms. Connally.

She returned to the store to ask the clerk if she really won. "When I handed the ticket to him, he started jumping up and down."

According to Ms. Connally, 32, she will save and invest her winnings.

Ms. Connally, the mother of two sons, is pleased that her youngest child had the opportunity to attend Georgia Lottery-funded prekindergarten. "It was great," she shares. "It helped prepare him with the basic fundamentals."

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.4 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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