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South Georgians score big with lottery

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Greta Taylor, left, is pictured with Lori Lewis, Georgia Lottery sales representative (Georgia Lottery) Greta Taylor, left, is pictured with Lori Lewis, Georgia Lottery sales representative (Georgia Lottery)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two South Georgia residents won at least a million dollars each this week, playing the Georgia Lottery.   In Alma, a retired Bacon County nurse was treated to a colossal prize from the Georgia Lottery.

Greta Taylor of Mershon won a $1.5 million top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks – Anniversary Edition.  Three Dees, 925 S. Pierce St. in Alma, is the store that sold the winning ticket.   

Taylor, 80, was at the store with her son when she discovered her windfall.   "He scratched it off for me," she said. "I was shocked."  

Retired 18 years from nursing, Taylor and her husband, Clayton, have five adult children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.   She plans to help her children financially.   "I'm going to watch the races in Maine," she added.    

Just to the south, a Waycross great-grandfather of four is all smiles, since collecting a $1 million prize from the Georgia Lottery. Ronald Dixon, 65, won his $1 million top prize playing the instant game $1,000,000 Gold Rush.   Dixon claimed his prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.   Discount Convenience, 1967 State St. in Waycross, sold the winning ticket, and Dixon scratched it in the store.  

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "Winning feels great."   In addition to his four great-grandchildren, Dixon and his wife, Wanda, have five adult children and four grandchildren.   The lucky winner anticipates paying off bills with his windfall.  

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.3 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 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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