WHIGHAM, GA (WALB) - A Grady County registered nurse just won seven million dollars, and this isn't even her first lottery win...
Rhonda Taylor of Whigham has won large prizes from the Georgia Lottery, TWICE.
She won the latest $7 million top prize from the instant game "Max The Money." Taylor, 49, won a $350,000 top prize from another instant game she played in 2007.
"I'm super lucky," Taylor said when she claimed her prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.
One Convenience Stop #0004, 375 Fifth St. SE in Cairo, sold the winning ticket.
"I paid off bills and had two daughters in college," she shared. "The money – along with HOPE – it's been great! I used a lot of that to pay for their education."
Taylor initially couldn't comprehend the jackpot. "I scratched the ticket and saw that the numbers matched, and I had to look at it twice," she said. "I scratched some more and didn't know what to do."
She and her husband, Jack, are happy and overjoyed, adding that they plan to pay off bills. "Am I lucky? I would have to say so," Taylor said.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.5 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
For more information on the Georgia Lottery, visit: www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com