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Grocery store co-workers ring up $1 million lottery win

Sunday, February 4, 2007

ATLANTA – Two grocery store co-workers are the newest members of Georgia’s $500 Million Club. Megan Maloy and Barbara "Chessi" Scarbary played the instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club and won a $1 million prize. They claimed their winnings at Georgia Lottery headquarters Monday as C & M Enterprizes.

"I almost passed out, and she screamed her lungs out," Scarbary said.

The pair purchased the lucky ticket Friday at Saddle Creek Texaco, 840 Hampton Rd. in McDonough. They scratched the ticket while parked in front of the store.

"I was just screaming," Maloy exclaimed. "There were people walking by staring at us."

Maloy, 24, and Scarbary, 18, work as customer service associates for Publix Super Markets. Maloy, a McDonough resident, is studying information technology at Clayton State University. Scarbary resides in Jackson and is studying business at Griffin Technical College.

According to Maloy, she will pay off her car, pay on her home and invest.

Scarbary shares that she will pay off her car, pay bills, invest and purchase an automatic gate opener for her family's home.

"We're so excited that we haven't been able to sleep," Scarbary said. "It's still sinking in."

Georgia's $500 Million Club tickets went on sale statewide Jan. 30. The game offers over $500 million in total cash prizes including 10 top prizes of $5 million, 40 prizes of $1 million, and an extra grand prize of $10 million. The game also offers over 81,900 prizes from $500 to $50,000 and over 3.8 million prizes from $40 to $200.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $8.8 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 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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