Valdosta Mother Of 2 Strikes $175K Prize

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Press Release: Georgia Lottery

ATLANTA – A Valdosta woman has collected a plentiful prize from the Georgia Lottery. Tonya Howard, 44, won a $175,000 top prize playing the instant game Bingo Mania.

The mother of two claimed her prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Tifton.

A B Food, 607 E. Hill Ave. in Valdosta, sold the winning ticket.

“I’m happy. I had a lucky feeling that this would happen the day before,” Howard said. “I’m going to buy a new car.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.8 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.

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