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Great-grandmother of 5 celebrates $50K prize in Chatsworth

Thursday, March 6, 2014

ATLANTA – A Chatsworth great-grandmother is tickled over winning a prize from the Georgia Lottery. Elease Smith, 71, won a $50,000 top prize playing the instant game Mad Money.

The great-grandmother of five claimed her prize March 3 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton.

“I just went to the store and bought some tickets,” said Smith, who scratched the winning ticket in the car. “I didn’t know what to think. I was excited.”

ABC Convenience Store #0002, 24 New Hope Church Road in Chatsworth, sold the winning ticket.

In addition to her five great-grandchildren, Smith has 17 grandchildren and nine adult children.

Feeling great over her windfall, Smith has not decided yet on plans for her winnings.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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