How Sweet it is: Georgia Couple Bypass Chocolate Bars, Buy Two Quick Picks, Win $72,000,000

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Winning is sweet!

Marcia Adams, 33, matched all of the winning numbers in the Jan. 24 Mega Millions drawing.

Adams claimed her $72 million prize Thursday at Georgia Lottery headquarters. After final sales were tallied, the jackpot increased from the advertised $71 million. Adams selected the cash option amount, which is $52 million.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth, was craving a Hershey’s with almonds chocolate bar on the night of the drawing; but at her urging, he purchased two Quik Piks instead.

We found out this morning while he was taking me to work, said Adams, who works in accounting. I almost lost my mind.

The couple were talking about the ticket when Kenneth checked the results of the drawing on the Georgia Lottery’s mobile site with his cell phone.

We’ve been laughing since then, she said. We feel like we’re dreaming, like this isn’t real.

Adams has worked in accounting 12 years; and at the moment, she plans to continue working. She and Kenneth have dated seven years.

We’re going to plan for our wedding and buy a house, she said. We just want to be happy.

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