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Rome pet groomer unleashes $30,000 in lottery winnings

Monday, February 5, 2007

ATLANTA – A Rome woman scratched her way to $30,000 playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Lucky Dog.

Tina Roberts, owner of Paradise Grooming, stopped at Favorite Market #0207, 7130 New Calhoun Road, in Rome and purchased the ticket that carried one of the top prizes.

Roberts, 28, was in the car when she discovered she'd won.

"I was stunned," she said. "There are so many tickets out there. What are the odds that I'd win?"

The young entrepreneur's love for priming animals was one of the reasons why she decided to play the $2 instant game. Haircuts, baths and toenail trimmings for cats and dogs are just a few services offered at Paradise Grooming, which is located in Rome.

With her winnings, Roberts will pay off bills and buy a new car. She also will do something special for her three children ages 9, 10 and 12.

"Winning has been great," she said. "It is quite an experience."

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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