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Aisles of smiles: Publix worker gathers $550K

Aisles of smiles: Publix worker gathers $550K

ATLANTA – A Cobb County woman is beaming since winning more than a half-million dollars from the Georgia Lottery.

Angelia Salas, 50, of Smyrna won a $550,000 top prize playing the instant game $550,000 Grand Money.

The Publix employee purchased her prize while on her lunch break.

“I scratched it in the store,” Salas recalled. “I said, ‘Oh my gosh! Am I seeing this right? Is this real?’”

Publix Super Market #1249, 5630 Roswell Road NE in Sandy Springs, sold the winning ticket.

Salas handed the ticket to her supervisor, who confirmed her winnings.

“I feel like the whole world has been lifted off of me,” she exclaimed.

With her winnings, Salas intends to pay off her car note as well as her father’s car note. She also plans to pay off her father’s home mortgage.

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.

'Cake Boss' to visit Smyrna Kroger

'Cake Boss' to visit Smyrna Kroger

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Buddy Valastro, star of the hit TLC show "Cake Boss," will host a cake signing event in Smyrna on Tuesday.

Valastro will be at the Kroger on South Cobb Drive beginning at 3 p.m. He will sign copies of his books and "Cake Boss" cake boxes.

"Kroger is pleased to welcome the 'Cake Boss,' Buddy Valastro, and his renowned cakes to our Smyrna store," Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and PR for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a statement. "We encourage our Atlanta-area customers and 'Cake Boss' fans to attend this special event to take home a delicious 'Cake Boss' cake."

Vinings Jubilee to light its Christmas tree Thursday

Vinings Jubilee to light its Christmas tree Thursday

ATLANTA -- This year's Vinings Jubilee Christmas tree lighting will be held Thursday, Nov. 29.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. with music, refreshments, horse-drawn sleigh rides, face painting, pictures with Santa Claus and more.

Choirs from Teasley Elementary School and Lovett School are scheduled to perform.

Attendance is free. Vinings Jubilee is located at 4300 Paces Ferry Road.

St. Nick's Pet Pics begin Monday at Cumberland Mall

St. Nick's Pet Pics begin Monday at Cumberland Mall

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-area residents are invited to bring their furry friends to Cumberland Mall for pictures with Santa Claus.

The mall will take pet pictures from 6 p.m. to close on Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.

Organizers ask that shoppers only bring dogs and cats for pictures -- no other animals will be allowed.

For more information, visit cumberlandmall.com.

Anna's Linens to open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Anna's Linens to open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- Anna's Linens has joined a growing list of stores that plan to open on Thanksgiving night to give ambitious Black Friday shoppers a head start.

Nearly all Anna's stores will open at 10 p.m. Nov. 22 with doorbuster deals.

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"This move allows us to attract a greater number of shoppers, but also gives Black Friday customers the convenience to shop our stores while hitting the nearby big-box retailers a few hours later," Anna's CEO Alan Gladstone said in a statement.

"We intended to follow suit and open at midnight, but decided opening earlier was a better move to create a more opportune Black Friday shopping experience," Gladstone added.