By Christina Cooke
Sue Long was glad she decided to go scratch lottery tickets at the Sunset Market on LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe today.
She and friend Kathy Haney had considered shopping at the Dollar Tree, she said.
Now, Mrs. Long is $500,000 richer.
“She was so excited, she couldn’t contain herself,” said Jack Patel, the cashier who sold Mrs. Long the winning $10 scratch-off Jumbo ticket. “I took her to the back and gave her a seat and something to drink.”
Mrs. Long said she knows exactly what the first thing is that she’ll do with the money.
“I have a brother who’s an alcoholic,” she said. “Now, I can afford to get treatment for him. God gave me this for a reason, and that’s why.”
Mrs. Long, 51, is director of the Public Housing Authority in Fort Oglethorpe. She said she buys lottery tickets at “Jack’s Casino” about three times a week.
She’s won $500 and $1,000 prizes before.
But even after winning half a million, she said she loves her job too much to quit.
Her husband, Jeff Long, 44, director of Fort Oglethorpe public works, was celebrating with his wife at the store an hour after the win.
“I’m on cloud nine right now,” he said, standing next to a cooler full of Red Bulls and Yoo-hoos.
Fort Oglethorpe-resident Susan Poindexter said she couldn’t think of anyone better to win the lottery than Mrs. Long.
“She’s one of the most giving people you’d ever meet —; and it’s not just money, it’s her time and her heart.”
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