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Teacher's Assistant Wins $1 Million

Monday, June 5, 2006

ATLANTA – A special education teacher's assistant is at the head of the class as a new millionaire. Marchell Shines played the Georgia Lottery instant game $300 Million Gold Rush and won $1 million.

RaceWay, located at 3580 Campbellton Rd. in Atlanta, sold the lucky ticket.

Ms. Shines scratched her ticket in the store and showed it to store employees. "I was crying," she says. "They were tears of joy."

The 37-year-old immediately shared the exciting news with her parents and her boyfriend.

Ms. Shines, an Atlanta Board of Education employee, is thrilled by her lottery winnings. "I'm going to make sure that my family enjoys it, and I'm going to pay bills."

$300 Million Gold Rush is a $10 game with 30 millionaires and the highest instant game top prize in Georgia history. The game offers over $304 million in total cash prizes including 10 top prizes of $2.5 MILLION, 20 $1 MILLION prizes, more than 19,600 prizes from $1,000 to $50,000, and over 498,000 prizes from $100 to $500.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.2 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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