Thursday, May 29, 2003
ATLANTA – Ruby Waters stopped to buy a soft drink on Wednesday (5/28) when she saw a Georgia Lottery player redeeming a Jumbo Jumbo Bucks prize. Mrs. Waters added a Jumbo Jumbo Bucks ticket to her shopping list and left the store as a $500,000 top prize winner. The 66-year-old Taylorsville resident purchased her ticket at Harris Food Mart, located at 1331 Hwy. 113/61 S.W. in Cartersville. According to Mrs. Waters, she scratched the ticket and asked the retailer to check it. "He looked at me and said, 'Ma'am, you have won a half a million dollars!'" Mrs. Waters arrived at Georgia Lottery Corporation headquarters on Thursday (5/29) to claim her winnings. She plans to buy a new tractor for her husband, Kenneth, and will split a portion of her prize with her five siblings. "We’re a close family," she says. "We share." As a retiree from a manufacturing company, Mrs. Waters expresses, "We’ve worked hard all our lives." Winning will make retirement "a little easier." Mrs. Waters thinks highly of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program. "It has done great things for Georgia," she raves. "There have been a lot of children, my niece for one, who would not have been able to go to college without it."
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $5.8 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.
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