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Grandmother bottles $150,000 in soda stop

POSTED: August 7, 2009 9:01 a.m.
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Phyllis Radcliff-Yaw

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ATLANTA – Stopping for soda has helped an Ellabell grandmother find the right pop for a Georgia Lottery prize. Phyllis Radcliff-Yaw, 50, won a $150,000 top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Giant Jumbo Bucks.
Radcliff-Yaw, a grandmother of four, purchased her winning ticket at Fast Stop, 22933 U.S. Highway 80 E. in Statesboro.
“I scratched it, and I was looking and looking,” she said. “I put my glasses on and screamed.”
When trying to share the good news with her family, Radcliff-Yaw said no one believed her. In addition to her four grandchildren, the lucky lottery winner has four adult children.
“That day I had to purchase a ticket,” she said. “I just had a lucky feeling.”
She plans to change her hairdo, purchase a new house and a new car.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $11 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 1.1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
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