Submitted by the Georgia Lottery Corp.
The Georgia Lottery is making a Murray County dental assistant smile with a healthy half-million dollar prize. Debra Ellis of Eton won a $500,000 prize playing the instant game Cash Deluxe.
Georgia Lottery representatives presented Ellis, 52, with an oversized check Wednesday at Gallons 2 Go, 321 N. Third Ave. in Chatsworth, the store where the winning ticket was sold.
“I started out the door but stopped and decided to get one,” Ellis recalled of the winning ticket.
The lucky winner looked at the ticket a few times before sharing the good news with a store clerk.
“The clerk asked, ‘Have you won $500?’” she said. “I told him $500,000, and he hugged me.”
Ellis is bursting with excitement and feels like the winning ticket was “made just for me.”
With her prize, Ellis intends to make home repairs and pay off bills.
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., visit www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.