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Forsyth County pre-school teacher picks up $1M prize

Friday, August 3, 2012

ATLANTA – With hot summer days, one Forsyth County pre-school teacher can keep cool with a $1 million prize before heading back to school. Judy Pelham of Cumming played the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia Lottery Black and won a $1 million top prize.

The grandmother of six claimed her prize Wednesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

She purchased the winning ticket at Save Money Food Mart, located at 3671 Hutchinson Road in Cumming.

“I’ve had luck with it in the past,” explained Pelham, 56.

A mother of three adult children, Pelham scratched the ticket at home with her daughter and described the winning moment as “noisy.”

“We were screaming,” she said. “I feel pretty good, pretty excited.”

Pelham and her husband, Carlos, have not yet decided on what to do with their windfall.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com

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