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Athens Resident Wins $500,000

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

ATLANTA – An Athens woman is celebrating a half-million dollar Georgia Lottery win. LaTonya Wise, 24, played the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks and won the game’s $500,000 top prize.

Quick Pantry, located at 1285 Highway 29 N. Bypass in Athens, sold the winning ticket.

Ms. Wise scratched her ticket at home. “I kept staring at the ticket to make sure I wasn’t seeing things,” she explains. “I was in shock.”

Ms. Wise works as a childcare provider. She and her husband Kendrick have three children.

According to Ms. Wise, she plans to purchase a home and a new car. “This is so tremendous. I can’t even put it into words,” she shares.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8 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 Prekindergarten Program. More than 900,000 students have received HOPE Scholarships, and more than 700,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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