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Local woman buys $146,000 ticket

Annette Lott gave in to peer pressure.

And she walked away with $146,115.

"It was just a shock to me," the Thomson woman said. "It still hasn't sunk in, and it will probably take a while."

Ms. Lott, 43, was one of two top prize winners in the April 7 Fantasy 5 drawing. She told Georgia Lottery officials she purchased the ticket after hearing other customers talk about the Fantasy 5 top prize amount in Wally's one afternoon.

She plans to remodel her home and pay bills with the winnings.

"This happened at a great time in my life," she said. "Winning is unbelievable."

But she's not the only one receiving a check: Wally's of Thomson will also receive a $4,000 retailer incentive bonus.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $9 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-kindergarten Program. More than 1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 790,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program.

Web posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007

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