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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.

Gwinnett Tech hosting plant sale

Gwinnett Tech hosting plant sale

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Horticulture students at Gwinnett Technical College will host a plant sale later this month and an edible sale next month.

The plant sale will be Apr. 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college's greenhouse.

Plenty of plant types will be sold, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs and house plants.

The edible sale will be May 7-9 and will feature fruits, vegetables and herbs.

"I know every year we say the plant sale gets better, but the greenhouse is spectacular. The students have pulled together the best looking and the healthiest plants ever," Gwinnett Tech horticulture program director Aaron Poulsen said in a statement. "There are more varieties than we have time to list, and I think our supporters will be pleased."

Cash and checks will be accepted at the sale; those wishing to use credit and debit cards will have to pay in the school's business office.

$1 million lottery ticket sold in Alpharetta

$1 million lottery ticket sold in Alpharetta

ATLANTA – A winning Georgia Lottery ticket worth $1 million was sold in Alpharetta. Chevron Food Mart, located at 6415 Atlanta Highway, sold the lucky ticket from the instant game $1,000,000 Benjamins.

The winner, Scott Harris of Sugar Hill, claimed his prize recently at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

Calling all Simon Kidgit Club members!

Calling all Simon Kidgit Club members!

ATLANTA -- Celebration time, come on! After 10 years of fun and memorable events, Simon Kidgits Club is celebrating its 10th anniversary!

Northlake Mall invites all Kidgits Club members to celebrate a decade of fun memories on Saturday, April 6.  Whether you were a member at Gwinnett Place Mall or are a current member at Northlake Mall, everyone is invited to celebrate with treats, prizes and music!

The festivities will take place in the mall’s Center Court from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Spread the word, invite your fellow Kidgits Club members and join us for a rocking good time!

Visit on.fb.me/YGxBMf for more information.

Belk to leave Gwinnett Place Mall

Belk to leave Gwinnett Place Mall

DULUTH, Ga. -- Belk will leave Gwinnett Place Mall in August, reports the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The paper adds that it was in March 2012 that retail property giant Simon dropped Gwinnett Place as a client.

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The Duluth mall, which opened in 1984, has long struggled to compete with Simon properties Sugarloaf Mills and Mall of Georgia, the paper said.

Jessica Graham, Belk's vice president of communications and community relations, said the store made the decision to leave "after carefully evaluating our business plans, competitive position and the financial performance of the store."

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.

Rick Case Bikes for Kids program enters 31st year

Rick Case Bikes for Kids program enters 31st year

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Rick Case Automotive Group is once again collecting bicycles for needy children this holiday season.

Now in its 31st year, the Rick Case Bikes for Kids program has collected more than 100,000 bikes in three states.

"This program is a way to put smiles on thousands of children's faces," Rick Case said in a statement. "Our community really comes together to make sure the children in the area can have the best holiday season possible."

Atlanta-area residents can drop off bicycles in good condition at five car dealerships. The bikes will be distributed through local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Drop-off locations include: