Macon great-grandmother hits $500,000 lottery prize

Staff reportJanuary 9, 2014 

A Macon woman won $500,000 in a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Ella Purnell, 73, hit the top prize playing the instant game Hidden Treasure.

She claimed her prize Jan. 3 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Macon.

“I scratched it in the car. Then I showed it to my son,” Purnell said in a statement from the Georgia Lottery Corp. “I was stunned but grateful.”

Dixie Food Mart, at 2904 Shurling Drive in Macon, sold the winning ticket.

Purnell has two adult children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

“I want to pay off my house, car and other bills,” she said of her winnings.

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