Senoia couple wins big in lottery

Thu, 01/15/2009 - 5:26pm
By: The Citizen

Anthony Grant of Senoia received a surprise of a lifetime. He won a $2.5 million prize playing the new Millionaire Jumbo Bucks instant game.

Grant and his wife, Crystal, are elated about their win. Mrs. Grant presented the ticket to her husband, who claimed the prize, lottery officials said.

She stopped at Roadrunner Convenience Center, 50 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. in Newnan, while on her lunch break and purchased the ticket. She scratched it in the car.

"I called my husband and asked him to join me for lunch," she said. "When he arrived, I held up the ticket. He had to drive the car at that point."

The couple have worked together in the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office for nearly two decades. Grant, 45, is the captain over the office's criminal investigations unit, and his wife is a citations and state court clerk.

Married for 23 years, the Grants have two adult sons, a teenage daughter and two grandchildren.

"Our first thought is to pay off all of our bills," Grant said. "I was thinking of eating a hamburger at lunch with my wife. Now, I'm settling into the idea of a $2.5 million win."

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $10.3 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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