Woman wins million in Georgia lottery

Ruth Ross: Woman won a million dollars playing the Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Mania game.

A million dollars can create a lot of change, but Ruth Ross doesn't plan to change with it.

"I don't think my lifestyle is going to change very much," she said. "If anything, I'll be stress-free. I won't have to worry about bills."

Ross, a resident of Tennille, Ga., won a million-dollar prize playing the Georgia Lottery's Millionaire Mania instant game and was presented with an oversized check Thursday at the lottery's Augusta office on Washington Road.

She purchased the ticket from S&T Foods Mart in Sandersville.

The decision to play was just about as instant as winning, she said.

"Every now and then, if I have a little extra money, I'll play," she said.

A few days ago, she decided to stop by the store and just randomly picked the game.

"I told them, 'Give me that one' and it ended up being the winning one," she said. "When I looked at it, I said 'Thank you, Jesus'. I had to look down again just to be sure, and I said, 'Yes it is. This is it'."

As for her plans for the money, she's depending on her faith to lead her.

"I'm going to give God his and then pay off all of my bills. I'm going to be debt free. After that, I don't know," she said.

Ross, 51, is a bus monitor for the Washington County School District and is a certified nursing assistant.

Despite the win, she plans to continue working, she said.