ATLANTA "? Winning is sweet! Marcia Adams, 33, matched all of the winning numbers in the Jan. 24 Mega Millions drawing.
Adams claimed her $72 million prize Thursday at Georgia Lottery headquarters. After final sales were tallied, the jackpot increased from the advertised $71 million. Adams selected the cash option amount, which is $52 million.
Her boyfriend, Kenneth, was craving a Hershey's with almonds chocolate bar on the night of the drawing; but at her urging, he purchased two Quik Piks instead.
"We found out this morning while he was taking me to work,"? said Adams, who works in accounting. "I almost lost my mind."?
The couple were talking about the ticket when Kenneth checked the results of the drawing on the Georgia Lottery's mobile site with his cell phone.
"We've been laughing since then,"? she said. "We feel like we're dreaming, like this isn't real."?
Adams has worked in accounting 12 years; and at the moment, she plans to continue working. She and Kenneth have dated seven years.
"We're going to plan for our wedding and buy a house,"? she said. "We just want to be happy."?
The Quik Pik jackpot was purchased at Chevron Food Mart, 5851 Buffington Road in Atlanta.
Winning numbers from the Jan. 24 drawing were: 10-22-24-36-49 and the Mega Ball was 33.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.1 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 1.4 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. and Mega Millions, please visit:
www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com
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