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Bride-to-Be Wins Half-Million Dollars

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

ATLANTA – Here comes the bride. All dressed in a half-million dollars! When Mallory Freeman walks down the aisle next month, there are 500,000 reasons why she’ll be a blushing bride. Ms. Freeman won $500,000 playing Jumbo Jumbo Bucks, a Georgia Lottery instant game.

Mr. Zip Store #0554, located at 105 Walnut Ave. W. in Dalton, sold the top prize ticket.

“My fiancé and I were pumping gas and started talking about winning the lottery. I asked him to buy two tickets for me,” says Ms. Freeman, a resident of Cohutta.

One of those tickets was worth a half-million dollars. “I scratched the ticket while he drove, and I was shocked,” Ms. Freeman explains. “I started screaming, ‘I won! I won!’ ”

Ms. Freeman, 20, is studying criminal justice at Dalton State College with plans of becoming a police officer. She also works as a server at WesterN SizzliN. Her fiancé, a member of the U.S. Marines Corps, is stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

According to Ms. Freeman, she plans to pay off her car, purchase a home, and save and invest her winnings. She also plans to purchase a truck for her fiancé, who has been looking for a new vehicle. “I always told him, if I ever won the lottery, I would buy him a new truck.”

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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