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$1 million lottery ticket sold in Smyrna

$1 million lottery ticket sold in Smyrna

ATLANTA – A winning Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million from the Dec. 27 drawing was sold in Smyrna.

Kroger at 4715 South Atlanta Road SE sold the ticket that matched the first five winning numbers.

A winner has yet to come forward to claim the prize. Winners in Georgia have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prize.

Another winning ticket worth $5,000 was sold in Acworth from Friday’s drawing.

Winning numbers from the Dec. 27 Mega Millions drawing were: 4-15-35-48-49 and the Mega Ball was 11.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $47 million to a single annuity winner.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Black Friday Battle: Walmart to match best Black Friday deals in-store and online

Black Friday Battle: Walmart to match best Black Friday deals in-store and online

ATLANTA -- If you thought retailers were crazy to open on Thanksgiving, things just got a little juicer -- but better -- for consumers.

Walmart has decided to give customers matchups on Black Friday deals, starting this Friday!

At 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, Walmart will kick off a pre-Black Friday savings event in stores and online, lowering the prices on popular toys and electronics, to match select Black Friday offers from Target, Toys R' Us and Best Buy one week early.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

ATL Boutique Week ends Saturday

ATL Boutique Week ends Saturday

ATLANTA -- The inaugural ATL Boutique Week will wrap this weekend with a party for merchants and customers.

A number of retailers from Atlanta-area neighborhoods -- including Decatur, East Atlanta Village, Smyrna and Virginia-Highland -- are participating in the event. Customers can take advantage of 15 percent discounts at all the stores, both in-store and online.

See a full list at atlboutiqueweek.com.

The post-event party will be held Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Kai Lin Art in West Midtown.

ATL Boutique Week's goal is to support locally owned businesses and introduce consumers to new places to shop.

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

Best shot: Birthdays win Smyrna woman $250K prize

Best shot: Birthdays win Smyrna woman $250K prize

ATLANTA – Tequila Hayes is in good spirits, especially since winning a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery. Hayes of Smyrna matched the first five winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing to claim a $250,000 prize.

Hayes, 36, used her grandparents’ birthdays for her lucky combination.

She claimed her prize Wednesday morning at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

“I got an email, and I recognized the numbers,” Hayes said. “I checked and was extremely excited.”

The mother of five woke her husband, Eric, and called her sister to share the good news.

“We’ve always joked that we’d win,” the lucky winner shared.

Feeling “great” over her windfall, Hayes anticipates paying off bills and taking a vacation.

Winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 6-10-12-28-32 and the Mega Ball was 38.

RaceTrac #0633, 2550 Spring Road in Smyrna, sold the winning numbers.