Valdosta Grandmother Wins Exhilarating $1 Million Prize

By: GA Lottery Press Release
By: GA Lottery Press Release

Atlanta, GA - Looking at a $1 million winning ticket is a marvel, according to one Valdosta grandmother of three. Mary Ellison, 44, said she was stunned after winning a $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery’s Maximum Green instant game.

“I just walked in the store and asked for the ticket, and there it was,” she said. “I was excited.”

Ellison purchased and scratched her lucky ticket at B & B Food Mart, 801 N. Patterson St., Valdosta.

“The clerk ran around the counter,” she said. “I gave him a hug.”

In addition to her three grandchildren, Ellison is a mother of five and is a student attending Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

With her winnings, she plans to finish her medical assisting diploma program.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $12.1 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 1.25 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


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