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Chatsworth dental assistant wins half-million lottery prize

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A Murray County dental assistant won a half-million dollar prize in the Georgia Lottery is Debra Ellis of Eton won a $500,000 prize playing the instant game Cash Deluxe.

Georgia Lottery representatives presented Ellis, 52, with an oversized check Wednesday at Gallons 2 Go, 321 N. Third Ave. in Chatsworth, the store where the winning ticket was sold.

"I started out the door but stopped and decided to get one," Ellis recalled.

The lucky winner looked at the ticket a few times before sharing the good news with a store clerk.

"The clerk asked, ‘Have you won $500?' " she said. "I told him $500,000, and he hugged me."

Ellis is bursting with excitement and feels like the winning ticket was "made just for me."

With her prize, Ellis intends to make home repairs and pay off bills.

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