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Jumping for joy: Columbus woman enjoys $400K win

Thursday, March 28, 2013

ATLANTA – A Columbus woman is footloose and fancy free with a $400,000 prize from the Georgia Lottery. Whitney Lewis, 25, played the instant game $400,000 Grant and won a top prize.

She and her husband, Kefrin, claimed the prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Columbus.

The mother of three purchased the ticket at a Georgia Lottery instant ticket vending machine at Summit #0054, 2218 Victory Drive in Columbus.

“I put money into the machine, and it came out,” Lewis said. “When we saw what we’d won, my husband and I just left.”

Winning the lottery is surreal, the lucky winner explained.

“It hasn’t hit us. It’s still shocking,” Lewis said.

A local grocery seafood clerk, Lewis anticipates purchasing a new home for her family.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14 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 1.2 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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