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Housekeeper Sweeps Up $500,000 Lottery Win

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

ATLANTA – A housekeeper from Columbus is cleaning up with a half-million dollar Georgia Lottery win. Martha Thomas played the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and won the $500,000 top prize.

Spectrum #0046, located at 4420 Second Ave. in Columbus, sold the lucky ticket.

Ms. Thomas scratched the ticket in her car in front of the store. “I just screamed!” exclaims Ms. Thomas. “I had to look again to make sure.”

According to Ms. Thomas, she purchased her Jumbo Jumbo Bucks ticket at the suggestion of a friend. “She told me to try it. It was just one ticket and I won.”

Ms. Thomas, a 36-year-old mother of four sons, plans to buy a new home with her half-million dollar winnings.

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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