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Paulding County cook carries out $500K prize

Paulding County cook carries out $500K prize

ATLANTA – Joyce Harvey Cunningham, a cook from Paulding County, has won a $500,000 top prize playing $500,000 Green, a Georgia Lottery instant game.

Cunningham, a Dallas resident, said that after receiving a $6 tip, she bought the ticket.

Austell Food Store, 5565 Powder Springs Road in Austell, sold it. Cunningham scratched it in the store.

“It seems like a dream,” she said.

Cunningham, 61, claimed her prize Tuesday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

The lucky grandmother of four who has two adult daughters plans to purchase a new home for herself.

“I’ll help my daughter buy one, too,” she shared.

RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

RaceTrac hiring for Free Coffee Week

ATLANTA -- RaceTrac is hiring more than 100 temporary employees for the holidays.

The Cobb County-based chain of gas stations will hire two extra people at 66 Georgia locations to help promote Free Coffee Week.

Employees will hold signs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Dec. 17-21. Sign holders must be at least 18 years old and clean cut.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the positions is asked to reach out to Jason Brown at 404-604-2612 or jbrown@hopebeckham.com. Public relations firm Hope Beckham will also hold a RaceTrac job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at its office at 17 Executive Park Drive in North Druid Hills.

Hiram Christmas tree to be lit Friday

Hiram Christmas tree to be lit Friday

HIRAM, Ga. -- Come out to Olde Town Hiram on Friday, Nov. 30 for the 7th annual lighting of the Christmas tree.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. with live music from Contagious, the Nebo Elementary School Chorus and the New Unity Christian Fellowship Praise Group.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 6:15 p.m.; children are more than welcome to take pictures with him in his workshop.

Downtown businesses will be open during the festivities, giving attendees an opportunity to complete their holiday shopping while they celebrate.

For more information about the Christmas tree lighting, visit cityofhiramga.gov.

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

Sam's Club offering free diabetes screenings

ATLANTA -- Several Sam's Club Pharmacy locations throughout metro Atlanta will offer free diabetes and vision screenings this weekend.

The screenings will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are valued at more than $150. They include glucose, A1C, vision, blood pressure and BMI tests.

"Knowing the links between risk factors, choices and solutions prepares our members to better manage or even prevent diabetes," Sam's Club Health and Wellness senior VP Jill Turner-Mitchael said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every year. If this trend continues, one out of every three U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Diabetes is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness in U.S. adults, according to the CDC.

Participating Sam's Club locations include:

Alpharetta
10600 Davis Drive

Atlanta
2901 Clairmont Road

Walmart layaway is back, better this year

Walmart layaway is back, better this year

ATLANTA -- The Walmart layaway program will return just in time for Christmas, the company announced Monday.

This year's layaway will have plenty of new features, including more eligible items and a $15 Walmart gift card for those who pay for their entire layaway purchase.

Layaway begins on Sept. 16. Customers who like their local Walmart stores on Facebook beginning Aug. 28 will be able to start their layaway early, on Sept. 14.

Learn more about the program at walmart.com/layaway.

Georgia resumes annual Back-to-School tax free holiday

Georgia resumes annual Back-to-School tax free holiday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia is offering parents a tax holiday on back-to-school goods for the first time since 2009.

The state will temporarily suspend its collection of the sales tax on Aug. 10-11 for general school supplies, some clothing and computers and computer accessories.

Retired engineer digs up big lottery prize

Retired engineer digs up big lottery prize

ACWORTH, Ga. -- An Acworth man has scored hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Georgia Lottery.

Roy Pulliam, a retired Lockheed Martin industrial engineer, won a $232,648 jackpot prize after matching all five winning numbers in the July 21 Fantasy 5 drawing.

"I'm thrilled," said Pulliam, who bought his lucky ticket at the Publix on Seven Hills Boulevard in Dallas.

The 71-year-old winner, who has four children and six grandchildren with wife Dianne, learned the good news when he checked the results on the lottery's website.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "I jumped up and down, hollered and screamed."

Pulliam said he created a checklist of projects that he will complete with his winnings.

Winning numbers from the July 21 Fantasy 5 drawing were 3-6-11-14-23.