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Rome Woman on Lunch Break Feasts on a $250,000 Lottery Win

Thursday, October 26, 2006

ATLANTA – Erica Haywood was on her lunch break when she bit off a quarter-million dollar Georgia Lottery win. Haywood played the instant game $150,000,000 Slots of Luck and won the $250,000 top prize.

Mani Food Mart, located a 6 Chateau Dr. S.E. in Rome, sold the winning ticket.

"I went to lunch and stopped by the store," Haywood explains. "I thought I'd try my luck."

According to Haywood, a resident of Rome, she scratched the ticket at her mother's house. "Both of us were jumping up and down and screaming."

Haywood, 33, works as a physical therapist and is the mother of four children. She says she'll use her winnings to help her children and her mother. She's also considering a new vehicle.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.6 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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