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Birthdays, anniversaries seal $250K for Cumming woman

Friday, April 19, 2013

ATLANTA – A Cumming woman has grabbed a quarter-of-a-million dollars from playing Mega Millions. Geraldine Thornton, 66, matched the first five winning numbers from the April 2 drawing to win her monumental $250,000 prize.

With her windfall, Thornton anticipates making transformations at home.

“I’m going to have a new bathroom put in,” she shared. “The rest we’ll just bank, I guess.”

A set of family birthdays and anniversaries is what helped Thornton clinch the prize.

Winning numbers from the April 2 Mega Millions drawing were: 7-10-14-40-47 and the Mega Ball was 34.

Publix Super Market #0519, 500 Atlanta Road in Cumming, sold the lucky ticket.

Retired from working in retail, Thornton “choked up” upon seeing the results on the Georgia Lottery’s website. She went back to the store to double check.

“I couldn’t believe it,” the lucky winner said. “I was shocked.”

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $83 million to a single annuity winner. Tickets are $1 per play.

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. and Mega Millions, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com

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