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Covington mother enjoys birthday hoopla with $1M lottery win

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

ATLANTA – A Covington woman is feeling lucky after winning the lottery days before her birthday. Debbie Jones, who will turn 40 on April 16, won $1 million playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia’s $500 Million Club.

She purchased the winning ticket at Amoco #4398, 2830 Turner Hill Road in Lithonia. Jones, who was shopping for her 11-year-old son, decided to stop at the store and buy a ticket.

“I started screaming and had to call my husband,” she said. “He thought I was pulling an April Fools’ joke on him.”

Jones and her husband, Donnie, have three daughters and a son. The family is still deciding what to do with their winnings.

“This is unbelievable. It doesn’t seem real,” she said. “It’s all pretty exciting.”

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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