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Gas stop turns into $17,000 lottery win for Savannah woman

Thursday, April 19, 2007

ATLANTA – A gas stop turned into a top prize lottery win for a Savannah woman. Ruth Williams, 58, won $17,000 playing Pot of Luck, a Georgia Lottery instant game.

She purchased the ticket at Island Food Mart, 280 Johnny Mercer Blvd. in Savannah, and scratched it outside in her car.

"I had to look at it twice," said Williams, a supervisor for a nonprofit retail store. "I couldn’t believe it was true."

Williams and her husband, Nathan, have two adult children and two grandchildren. She says she plans to help her granddaughter, a high school honors student, through college.

"I will spend it wisely," she said.

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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