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HOPE Recipient Tops Off Education with Junior Jumbo Bucks Top Prize

Sunday, July 24, 2005

ATLANTA- Certified nurse assistant Teresa Thornton is among the hundreds of thousands of Georgians who have received the HOPE scholarship. It allowed Mrs. Thornton to further her education and now she has received even more from the Georgia Lottery. Mrs. Thornton played Junior Jumbo Bucks, an instant game, and won the $10,000 top prize.

The 34-year-old Waycross resident immediately showed the ticket to her co-worker and daughter, Candace, who were both with her at the time. “They had to tell me I won because I didn’t believe it,” Mrs. Thornton explained.

Mrs. Thornton plans to use her winnings to pay off some bills. She will also take a family vacation with her husband, Daniel, and their three children, Homer, Candace and Sarah.

The winning ticket was purchased at Five Star Foods, located at 2000 Carswell Ave. in Waycross.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.6 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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