Woman wins million in Georgia lottery

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

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

"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.

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storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 05/13/10 - 04:03 pm
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Congrats to Ms. Ross I hope

Congrats to Ms. Ross I hope she does make wise choices on how she spends the money. On that note I do not think it was a good idea for her to go public with this information. People will come crawling out of the woodwork now!!

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Riverman1 05/13/10 - 04:40 pm
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She needs to promise herself

She needs to promise herself that she will never play the stupid, poor people robbing, lottery again. Hang in there Ms. Ross. Be tough, I'm pulling for you.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 05/13/10 - 05:17 pm
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Riverman1, you may have a

Riverman1, you may have a point, but look who's laughing all the way to the bank. I am glad for her, she's a lot better off than my broke butt.

speeding
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speeding 05/13/10 - 05:33 pm
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Somebody will kidnap her at

Somebody will kidnap her at her workstation and try to get her money but will take her life instead. Move out of town and don't say anything to anybody.

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 05/13/10 - 06:53 pm
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best of luck to her.... you

best of luck to her.... you lucky duck

KNECKBONE
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KNECKBONE 05/13/10 - 08:50 pm
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DON'T BUY NOTHING.SAVE

DON'T BUY NOTHING.SAVE IT.LIVE OF INTEREST.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/13/10 - 10:13 pm
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speeding, that's sick and

speeding, that's sick and twisted.

speeding
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speeding 05/13/10 - 11:24 pm
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Welcome to Georgia!

Welcome to Georgia!

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 05/14/10 - 02:17 am
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Finally someone outside of

Finally someone outside of the Atlanta area won.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 05/14/10 - 02:18 am
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By the way don't let anyone

By the way don't let anyone tell you what to do with it. They just think they want your money more than you do. I'm sure Uncle Sam got his share as usual and didn't by the winning ticket.

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mefirst 05/14/10 - 03:25 am
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That she won is wonderful!

That she won is wonderful! That she will tithe is even more so!
Way to go,Ruth....God bless.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 05/14/10 - 06:13 am
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Riverman, the lottery is the

Riverman, the lottery is the current version of the fair tax. It gets contributions from a lot of those who don't contribute. In this case a hard working woman got paid off. I say, let 'em play.

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55 F-100 05/14/10 - 06:50 am
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She will continue working

She will continue working until...........she gets sick of co-workers prevailing upon her for "loans", a litlle sumpin sumpin to get by, and oh, she will hear from every long lost relative, and long lost friend in need. Move out, get an unlisted telephone number, and hire a money manager, and BTW, I would be happy to manage that money for you, Ms. Ross.

ripjones
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ripjones 05/14/10 - 07:49 am
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Congratulations Ms. Ross.

Congratulations Ms. Ross. Enjoy the money wisely, and watch out for those long, lost relatives...

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 05/14/10 - 08:22 am
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Aunt Ruthie!!! I'm your long

Aunt Ruthie!!! I'm your long lost niece and well............

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gnumbgnuts 05/14/10 - 11:39 am
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Well, that $999,999.00 you've

Well, that $999,999.00 you've spent on tickets since the Ga lottery began has finally paid off! Congrats!

speeding
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speeding 05/14/10 - 01:41 pm
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no, watch out for that

no, watch out for that Preacher.

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