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Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

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DialAmerica to hold job fair in Athens

DialAmerica to hold job fair in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- Teleservices company DialAmerica plans to hire 100 sales and customer service agents in the Athens area.

The company will hold a hiring event at its Athens contact center on Thursday, Mar. 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

DialAmerica employees receive flexible work hours, a comprehensive paid training program, competitive salaries, and opportunites for growth. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply online ahead of next week's event at dialamerica.com.

The contact center is located in the Homewood shopping center at 2411 Jefferson Road.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

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71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

71 Ga. UPS drivers added to Circle of Honor

(WXIA) -- More than 1,400 UPS drivers worldwide were recently inducted into the Circle of Honor, an organization for employees who have achieved at least 25 years of accident-free driving.

Seventy-one of the inductees live in Georgia.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," Dwayne Meeks, president of UPS South Atlantic District, said in a statement.

Georgia's senior safe driver is Guy Haynes of Tifton, who can boast 43 accident-free years. The most seasoned Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., who has been driving for UPS for 52 years without an accident.

The latest Circle of Honor members from Georgia, by UPS work location, include:

Acworth (Center)
Robert Crumbley, Marietta

Albany (Center)
Tyrone Campbell, Albany
Robert Hammond Jr., Leesburg

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

UGA student dies after undisclosed illness

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia officials have not released what caused a student's recent death.

Athens Regional Medical Center confirms that Tanzila Alam passed away on Monday. Her roommate says she went to the student health center last week after developing a fever and becoming ill.

After several days of not feeling well, her roommate says Alam's uncle took her to the hospital, where she had a seizure and became unresponsive. She passed away the next morning.

UGA confirms Alam did not die of bacterial meningitis, despite many rumors. In a statement released Wednesday, University president Jere Morehead discounted those rumors and media reports from other outlets (this does not reference an 11Alive report):

Police: Woman stole 9-year-old girl's phone, money

Police: Woman stole 9-year-old girl's phone, money

ATHENS, Ga. – An Athens woman is charged with stealing money and a phone from a 9-year-old girl.

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report, the girl had left her purse on a door in bathroom stall at the Georgia Square Mall in Athens on Friday.

When she went back into the bathroom with her sister to get the purse, they saw a woman walking out with what appeared to be the girl's phone in her pocket. The girl said her phone and cash were missing from her purse.

The girls told their father about the missing items and the woman. The father then confronted the woman, identified as 25-year-old Tamaranesha Burden, who went into another store. The girl's father then contacted the store's manager.

The store manager found the girl's phone in the jean pockets that were on display. Police were called.

Burden was arrested on a theft by taking charge.