Thursday, December 9, 2004
ATLANTA - Just two days after her birthday, Susan Epperson stopped for gas and drove away as a Georgia Lottery winner. Ms. Epperson, a Buford resident, played Giant Jumbo Bucks and won the game's $150,000 top prize.
The 23-year-old exclaims, "This was birthday and Christmas for me!"
Georgia Lottery retailer Stop & Shop Mart 2, located at 3933 Ga. Hwy. 20 in Buford, sold the lucky ticket.
Ms. Epperson and her husband, Francisco, were in the store's parking lot when she scratched the ticket and placed it on her dashboard. "My husband picked it up and told me that I won," she says. "I thought he was playing, but he was going crazy telling me I won."
According to Ms. Epperson, a stay-at-home mother of three, her family will use the winnings to buy a new home and possibly another car.
"Nothing has ever happened to me like this before," she shares.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7 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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