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Georgia woman nearly forgot about $5M winning lottery ticket

Georgia LotteryGeorgia Lottery: Georgia woman nearly forgot about $5M winning lottery ticket

Connie Habeck plays the lottery when the jackpot is at its biggest.

"When the money goes up, I buy like everybody else," said Habeck of Gray. She said she has always played knowing she would split any winnings with her 35-year-old son Robert, who lives in Athens.

What makes the 60-year-old woman different is the $5 million winning scratch-off ticket she nearly forgot in the bottom of her purse.

Georgia Lottery officials awarded Habeck a large cardboard check Tuesday afternoon at Neal's Food Mart at 1980 Gray Highway in Macon as her friends and family looked on.

"She deserves it," said her neighbor and friend Aletha Young. "She's the most wonderful person in the world."

Last Thursday was like any other day for Habeck. She left her house in Gray at about 6:45 a.m. for her drive to work at Pyles Plumbing in Macon, where she is a secretary.

In the preceding days, Habeck said several people at work had talked about buying a ticket in the $500 Million Club drawing. The game offers $500 million in cash prizes including 10 top prizes of $5 million.

"I just thought, 'Well, I'll stop and buy one,' " Habeck said.

She walked inside Neal's Food Mart, bought a $20 ticket and put it in her purse, she recalled.

"I forgot about it," Habeck said. "I was cleaning out my bag (that night) when I saw it."

When she started scratching on the ticket, Habeck said she saw a "five" and then an "M."

To be sure she'd won, Habeck said she drove to a convenience store in Gray to confirm her winning ticket. Habeck said she plans to retire and buy a new home in Jackson County near her son.

Her son, a musician, has said he plans to buy a new home and save for retirement, according to a lottery news release.

This week isn't the first time Habeck has won the lottery.

Her mother used to enjoy playing scratch-off lottery tickets, and on many occasions Habeck said she and her sister "took mom to scratch" at local convenience stores.

About a year and a half ago, all three women won several hundred dollars.

"She loved it," Habeck said.

Holding her cardboard check, she said she knows what her mother would probably say about her winnings.

"She'd say 'You finally got your numbers.' "


Linda Hunt, right, of Covington, poses with her sister Connie Habeck of Gray after Connie was formally presented with her $5 million Georgia Lottery winnings by lottery district manager Wayne Watson in the Conoco store on Gray Highway in Macon where she bought the ticket.

Macon Telegraph

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Posted: February 28, 2007, 11:53 am - IP Logged

Congratulations to Mrs. Habeck for stepping forward to claim the $5 million drawing. I thought the ticket was unclaimed.

    Coastal Georgia
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    October 30, 2003
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    Posted: February 28, 2007, 1:22 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations to Mrs. Habeck for stepping forward to claim the $5 million drawing. I thought the ticket was unclaimed.

    This wasn't a drawing. It is a scratch off ticket.

    The prize is paid in 20 annual installments of $250,000.00 per year before taxes.








      konane's avatar - wallace
      Atlanta, GA
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      March 13, 2003
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      Posted: February 28, 2007, 1:34 pm - IP Logged

      Big congratulations to her for her wonderful luck!!!  Party

      Good luck to everyone!

        Texas city,tx
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        February 26, 2007
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        Posted: February 28, 2007, 8:09 pm - IP Logged


          dumars798's avatar - batman17
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          December 20, 2005
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          Posted: March 3, 2007, 2:30 am - IP Logged


                  Smart bets...... Equal Phat Pocket$!



            tntea's avatar - Lottery-059.jpg

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            Posted: March 3, 2007, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

            That was a sweet story.. I am very happy for the family.

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