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Lilburn mother welcomes $500,000 lottery win

Monday, April 16, 2007

ATLANTA – A Lilburn mother of five is celebrating a Georgia Lottery win. Marria Vanegas, 43, won $500,000 playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.

United Check Cashing, 6065 S. Norcross Tucker Road in Norcross, sold the winning ticket. She ate lunch with her husband, Guillermo Sanavria, just before purchasing the ticket.

"I scratched the ticket in the car, and I couldn't believe it," said Vanegas, who co-owns All Seasons Landscaping with her husband. “My husband thought I was pulling his leg."

The couple have five children ages 23, 17, 11, 3 and 3 months. They will go to Hawaii to celebrate their winnings, she said.

"We are so happy," she said. "We are excited and enjoying life."

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $9 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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