Snellville woman celebrates win

SNELLVILLE - Snellville resident Dorothy Woods, who recently celebrated her 47th birthday, won $10 million as the grand prize winner of the Georgia Lottery's statewide televised game show, "Georgia's $500 Million Club Finale."

"It's unbelievable. Wow!" Woods said about her lottery win. "All I kept saying to myself was 'Pick me! Pick me!' This win will change our lives."

The show was held in conjunction with the instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club. Players could enter the $10 million drawing by mailing in losing game tickets. Each of the 77 weekly winners won $5,000 and became a game show finalist.

Woods, her husband, Larry, and their 15-year-old son plan to take a long vacation before returning to discuss plans for their $10 million win.

"We're definitely going to pay off bills, and my son will go to the best of schools," she said.

$250,000 lottery win unfolds for Lilburn manager

LILBURN - A Lilburn software manager has launched a quarter-million dollar lottery win. Michael Haupt, 56, matched the first five winning numbers in the Sept. 2 Mega Millions drawing and won a $250,000 prize.

The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at QuikTrip No. 751 at 2949 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. Winning numbers from the Sept. 2 Mega Millions drawing were 14-23-43-44-54 and the Mega Ball was 39.

Haupt checked the Georgia Lottery Web site for the results.

Although he and his wife, Beth, have no immediate plans for their lottery win, Haupt said he plays the lottery because of the educational programs it funds. Both of his children attended college as lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship recipients, he said.

Lawrenceville woman wins $500,000 in lottery

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville resident Berly Salinas, 19, won a $500,000 top prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks.

Salinas stopped for gas at Chevron Food Mart at 2700 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville when she purchased the ticket and scratched it at home.

"I got excited," she said. "I started jumping up and down."

Salinas says she has no immediate plans for her winnings but considers herself lucky.

Brookwood sponsors band exhibition

SNELLVILLE - The Brookwood High School Bronco Marching Band and the Brookwood Band Association Boosters are sponsoring the Gwinnett County Marching Band Exhibition for southern Gwinnett County.

The exhibition will take place at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Brookwood High at 1255 Dogwood Road in Snellville. Other area high school bands performing will be Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Grayson, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett.

Tickets can be purchased for $7 at the gate, and children under 5 will be admitted free.

Kids' identity festival to be held in Snellville

SNELLVILLE - The Knights of Columbus Council 13440 from Saint Oliver's Catholic Church in Snellville will host its second annual Kids Identifest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at 3200 Brooks Drive in Snellville.

The free event will provide parents with a complete identity kit for their children. The kit will consist of a current picture, fingerprints, a DNA sample and personal information card, all of which will be given to the parents. Complimentary car seat inspections will also be available to attendees.

In addition, law enforcement officials from federal and local jurisdictions will be hosting informational seminars on child safety, drug awareness and how to protect children from child predators.

Administrative professionals group awarded

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Municipal Employees Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals received three Chapter Awards at the 54th Georgia Division Annual Meeting.

The awards were the Mildred B. Self CPS Award, given for the greatest percentage of CPS, CPS Recertified and CAP holders; the Amelia Barclay CPS Award, given to the chapter receiving the highest score of professional development; and the Dot Murphy CPS/CAP Visitation Award, given to the chapter whose members traveled the most during the year.

Auburn resident Rena Blackstock won the June Barnes CPS Award for having the highest score in professional development.

Members of the Municipal Employees Chapter are from Auburn, Dacula, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville and Suwanee. The group in June installed the following officers: Lawrenceville resident Doris Davis, president; Dacula resident Jody Jones, vice president; Lawrenceville resident Debbie Body, secretary; and Blackstock, treasurer.

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