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Murrayville great-grandma wins a Harley with lotto ticket
Surprise scratch-off winner plans to sell motorcycle, save the cash
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Mary Woody climbs aboard her new Harley-Davidson motorcycle Saturday at her Murrayville home. Woody plans to sell the motorcycle and put the money into a savings account for something she may need down the road. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Mary Woody is a 74-year-old great-grandmother of four. She lives a happy life in Murrayville and wants for nothing.

And so, winning a brand new Harley-Davidson from a scratch-off lotto ticket was icing on the cake.

Woody won a series of instant tickets playing a coin-operated amusement machine at B&B Grocery, 5521 Thompson Bridge Road in Murrayville. A Harley-Davidson-themed ticket won her the motorcycle.

“I was sitting here at the house when I scratched it off, and I said, ‘Raymond (Simmons, her significant other), I think we’ve won a motorcycle.’ I didn’t believe it to start with,” Woody said.

She’s never driven a motorcycle and, she honestly said she doesn’t know what to do with it other than sell it.

“When you’re this age, you don’t need a motorcycle, but we’ve had a lot of fun with this whole thing,” she said, laughing.

Woody was awarded the keys to her new vehicle Wednesday at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell. The motorcycle was delivered to her home in Murrayville on Saturday afternoon.

Having worked 30 years at a local poultry plant, Woody said she’s looking forward to spending the future with family and friends. She has three adult children; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.7 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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