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May 2, 2014

Dalton great-grandmother wins $500,000 lottery prize

A half-million dollar prize has shaped up for one lucky Whitfield County great-grandmother. Joyce Tankersley, 54, of Dalton has won a $500,000 top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Stacks of Green.

Country Junction at 2035 Smyrna Church Road in Chatsworth sold the winning ticket.

Tankersley scratched the ticket in her truck while in the store’s parking lot.

“I asked the clerk, ‘Can you tell me if I’m seeing this right?’” she recalled. “I couldn’t believe it, but it feels pretty good.”

The great-grandmother of one has eight grandchildren and three adult children with her husband, Charles.

“I may try to find a new home,” Tankersley said on plans for her winnings.

 For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit www.galottery.com and www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com.

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