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College Park woman wins $72 million jackpot

Special Photo: Marcia Adams, of College Park, recently won $72 million by playing the Georgia Lottery’s Mega Millions game. The winner chose the cash amount option of $52 million.

Special Photo: Marcia Adams, of College Park, recently won $72 million by playing the Georgia Lottery’s Mega Millions game. The winner chose the cash amount option of $52 million.

A lottery ticket purchased at an Atlanta convenience store, recently, changed the life of a College Park resident.

The numbers on Marcia Adams’ Mega Millions “golden” ticket, matched those of the state lottery drawing on Jan. 24, said Kimberly Starks, a spokesperson for the Georgia Lottery.

The winning numbers were: 10-22-24-36-49, and the Mega Ball was 33, she said.

Adams, she said, won $72 million and claimed her prize on Jan. 26, at the Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

“We feel like we’re dreaming, like this isn’t real,” Adams told officials.

Starks said the winner chose the cash option amount of $52 million, rather than annual payments.

The night the ticket was purchased at the Chevron Food Mart, located at 5851 Buffington Road in Atlanta, Adams’ boyfriend yearned for an almond chocolate bar, said the spokeswoman. Instead, Adams insisted that he purchase two Quik Pik tickets.

The couple spoke about the tickets later, and Adam’s boyfriend checked to see the drawing’s results on his smartphone, said Starks.

The winner said she learned of the win the same day she claimed her prize. “We’ve been laughing since then,” said Adams, an accountant of 12 years.

Starks said the winner doesn’t plan on leaving her job anytime soon.

She has been dating her boyfriend for seven years, added Starks.

“We’re going to plan for our wedding and buy a house,” said the lucky winner. “We just want to be happy.”

Officials of the Georgia Lottery Corporation’s media department told the Clayton News Daily their subsequent calls to Adams have not been returned.

A woman of the same name, age range, and location as Adams, had her information in the White Pages phone book. When called, the number listed was “disconnected or no longer in service.”