$40K win adds drive to lucky Cartersville store
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Aug 11, 2011 | 2045 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Cartersville store’s luck is on the rise. CITGO Southern Kitchen, 794 Cassville White Road N.W., has sold a winning $40,000 top prize ticket on 10X The Money.

The store has sold a number of large lottery prizes, including $250,000 on Mega Millions and $1 million on an instant ticket in 2007. Store manager Eddie Virani has counted a total of seven Georgia Lottery wins of more than $10,000 since then.

“We’ve had seven lucky winners,” he said. “It’s just luck for us and the winners.”

The winner of $40,000 is Amy Jordan of Cartersville.

Virani said Jordan bought the ticket, left the store but came back minutes later in disbelief.

“I thought she was kidding, but I looked and it really was a $40,000 ticket,” he recalled.

Since selling a string of lucky tickets, Virani said that “Lucky Marathon” now is displayed as the store’s marquee.

“We’ve had all these winners,” he explained. “It’s a lucky store.”

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $12.7 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.3 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.