ATLANTA - A Griffin woman is revved up with excitement, welcoming a half-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery. Donna Marlow, 52, played the new instant game 21 Black Series, winning a $500,000 top prize.
Marlow’s husband, Greg, purchased the winning ticket, and she claimed the prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.
Shell Food Mart, 1200 Zebulon Road in Griffin, sold the winning ticket.
The couple, who celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary earlier this month, was surprised over their good fortune.
As her husband scratched the ticket in the car, the discovery brought Marlow to tears.
“I didn’t believe him,” she said.
Marlow’s husband went back into the store and shook the clerk’s hand.
The couple, who celebrated their birthdays days apart in July, have five children and one grandchild.
With their winnings, the Marlows anticipate paying off their home mortgage, making home repairs and purchasing a new car.
The new family of Georgia Lottery instant games, 21 Black Series, is loaded with cash prizes and top prizes ranging from 20,000 to $2.5 million.
Players can enter non-winning 21 Black Series tickets online for a chance to win a 2014 Kia Soul. For more information, visit www.galottery.com.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.5 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.