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Worker Wins $1 Million in Ga. State Lottery

Ian P. Murphy |

ATLANTA — A great-grandmother from Blairsville, Ga., who works at an area drycleaning plant got a nice surprise on her birthday earlier this month—a $1 million prize from the Georgia Lottery.
Gladys Wigley was celebrating her 73rd birthday Nov. 3, when she won the grand prize in Georgia’s Maximum Green scratch-off game. “I just went to the store to cash in a ticket I had,” she said.
After scratching off the ticket at a nearby Rebel Pantry location, “I almost passed out,” Wigley recalled. “I had to ask the girl at the counter if I was seeing it right. She was jumping up and down.”
Wigley has worked at a local drycleaning business for six years. In addition to her five great-grandchildren, Wigley has two adult children and seven grandchildren.
Asked what she plans to do with the money, she said, “I’ll probably retire. I’m going to buy a house and a few things I need. I’m going to just enjoy life.”

About the author

Ian P. Murphy

American Drycleaner

Ian P. Murphy is a freelance writer based in Chicago, and was the editor of American Drycleaner from 1999 to 2011.

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