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Georgia Lottery: Columbus dietician wins $1M


A win from the Georgia Lottery has sprouted for a Columbus dietician. Tanisha Smith, 29, is energized over a healthy heap in winnings playing the instant game Maximum Green, winning a $1 million top prize.

Smith claimed her prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

Coastal Food Mart, 3600 Second Ave. in Columbus, sold the winning ticket. Smith scratched it in the store.

"I was too excited," she said. "Other people who were in the store were happy for me."

Smith anticipates sharing a portion of her winnings with family, saving and investing the remainder.

Maximum Green is an instant ticket with prizes of up to $5 million. Georgia Lottery players can enter non-winning tickets in the monthly Maximum Green Extra Chance Drawings to win one of 10 monthly prizes of $10,000. Visit for more information. 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

From Georgia Lottery 


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