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Retiree claims $7.5M Georgia Mega Millions prize

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ATLANTA, Ga. — Christina Ford of Dallas, Georgia, came forward Tuesday as the winner of Georgia's unclaimed $7,500,000 Mega Millions prize. She was one of two winners to split a $15 million jackpot July 22.

Winning numbers for the July 22 Mega Millions drawing were 8, 24, 25, 26, and 30, with Mega Ball number 7.

Ford played using the Quik Pik option and was in disbelief when she saw the winning numbers drawn on television.

"I thought it was a dream," she said. "I kept saying, 'Yeah, right. This can't be true.' "

After three months of planning, the lucky winner decided to come forward.

Ford, 64, claimed her prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters Tuesday. She intends to use her winnings to vacation and share with her family.

Kroger #0634, 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway, Dallas, sold the winning ticket. The second ticket that shared the $15 million jackpot prize was purchased in Virginia.

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Simpsonville
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Posted: October 25, 2016, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

...another Quick Pick.  Congratulations, a very nice supplement to your retirement!

    Drenick1's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: October 25, 2016, 7:13 pm - IP Logged

    It was just last week that an article about the ticket holder failure to come forward...guess this can put the speculation to rest.

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      Posted: October 25, 2016, 7:50 pm - IP Logged

      I think my problem is I want it too much....

      I clearly should just forget about it, putting my advance draw ticket away in a cool dark place and get on with my life. Maybe then I will be lucky enough to be pleasantly surprised

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        Posted: October 25, 2016, 8:14 pm - IP Logged

        well theres one retiree that won't have to choose between medications and groceries!
        well done and congrats!

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          Posted: October 25, 2016, 10:41 pm - IP Logged

          Congrats Christina, enjoy.

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          For a lead role in a cage?

           

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            Posted: October 25, 2016, 11:27 pm - IP Logged

            Congratulations to her. If the Mega Ball wasn't 7, then the Mega Millions Jackpot would've been $20 million dollars. Did she take the cash option? This is the first Mega Millions Jackpot winning tickets that were a California Super Lotto Plus pick.

            I hope that one $2 ticket is the only one that matches all 5 numbers plus the Powerball to win the largest Powerball Jackpot in United States history of over $2 Billion Dollars!

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              Posted: October 26, 2016, 6:30 am - IP Logged

              Yep another Quick Pick..... She watched It on T.V and couldn't believe it...... I can't believe it took her this long too CLAIM THE MONEY, I WIN better MOVE OVER ROVER I'm on My WAY TO LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS!

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                Posted: October 26, 2016, 7:35 am - IP Logged

                Yep another Quick Pick..... She watched It on T.V and couldn't believe it...... I can't believe it took her this long too CLAIM THE MONEY, I WIN better MOVE OVER ROVER I'm on My WAY TO LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS!

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                The writing is on the wall...quick pick is the way to go.  Rarely do I pick my own #'s; all of my small winnings over the years have been QP.

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                  Posted: October 26, 2016, 10:07 am - IP Logged

                  There were 3 winning Mega Million jackpots in July: 

                  $536 million

                  $25 million

                  $15 million

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                    Posted: October 26, 2016, 10:22 am - IP Logged

                    Congratulations Mrs,Christina Ford Spend Wisely Party

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                      Posted: October 26, 2016, 4:16 pm - IP Logged

                      Congrats!!!

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                        Posted: October 26, 2016, 5:14 pm - IP Logged

                        Glad she was doing her homework before claiming and that the ticket wasn't lost like others had mentioned on a difference thread.

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                          Posted: October 26, 2016, 6:58 pm - IP Logged

                          Glad she was doing her homework before claiming and that the ticket wasn't lost like others had mentioned on a difference thread.

                          I Agree!

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                            Posted: October 28, 2016, 5:21 am - IP Logged

                            Congrats Smile have to get a qp for tonight's drawing.

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