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Savannah candy maker wins delicious $50,000 lottery prize

Thursday, April 19, 2007

ATLANTA – A 30-year-old Savannah woman is celebrating a lottery win. Melissa Wiley won $50,000 playing Georgia's $500 Million Club, a Georgia Lottery instant game.

Wiley, who makes candy for a local candy store, said she was feeling lucky when she purchased the ticket. She bought the winning ticket at Enmark #0255, 4318 Ogeechee Road in Savannah.

"I think my eyes got five times bigger when I saw how much I'd won," she said. "I told my mother, Patsy, and she started screaming."

Wiley lives in Savannah with her 3-year-old daughter. She said she plans to use the money to buy a car and will save the rest for her daughter, who will enter the lottery-funded prekindergarten program in the fall.

"I’m excited about her going to Pre-K," she said. "It will be very beneficial for her."

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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