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Statesboro woman wins big in lottery
Scratch-off ticket nets local nearly $80,000
Sylvia Ellison, a mother of two who works with a local mental health facility, won $77,777 recently after she bought a Silver 7s scratch-off ticket. - photo by Special

A scratch-off Georgia Lottery ticket purchased at a Statesboro convenience store means a local woman is now tens of thousands of dollars richer.

Sylvia Ellison, 41, a mother of two who works at a local mental health facility, won $77,777 recently after she bought a "Silver 7's" scratch-off ticket, said Kimberly M. Starks, the media relations manager for the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Ellison bought the ticket at Time Saver on North Main Street in Statesboro.

While unable to be reached for comment Tuesday, Ellison said in a released statement: "I just took a chance. I just picked one. I took it home and scratched it off. I'm just glad."

Ellison told lottery officials that she plans to save her winnings.

Starks said the Georgia Lottery instant game Silver 7's is "loaded with cash prizes of up to $377,777."

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has "returned more than $14.6 billion to the state of Georgia for education," she said.

Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs.

More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE Scholarships, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program since the lottery's inception 20 years ago.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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