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Lottery sales soar to highest ever

Lottery sales soar to highest ever

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Lottery just experienced its best sales week ever.

Georgia Lottery sales for the week ending February 11 soared to over $101.2 million, more than $5 million ahead of the previous record set in 2007.

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Increased Georgia Lottery sales mean more dollars for the HOPE Scholarship and pre-K programs.

Sales were strong across the board, with Powerball and KENO! having their highest sales week in Georgia Lottery history. Cash 3, Cash 4 and instant games enjoyed their highest sales week of the fiscal year.

Take a romantic weekend trip for Valentine's Day

Take a romantic weekend trip for Valentine's Day

ATLANTA -- Be spontaneous this Valentine's Day -- take a spur-of-the-moment trip to beautiful High Point, N.C., and spend less while doing so!

This weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a two-night stay at the historic J.H. Adams Inn, former home to John Hampton "Hamp" Adams and his family. Pay just $194.99 for this incredible offer, which includes a full continental breakfast, a $100 food voucher to Hampton's and a $50 spa voucher -- normally a $389.98 value.

Learn more about the J.H. Adams Inn at www.jhadamsinn.com. It is located at 1108 North Main Street in High Point, roughly 5-and-a-half hours northeast of Atlanta.

This deal expires on August 10, 2012.

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price PJs for Valentine's Day

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price PJs for Valentine's Day

ATLANTA -- Stumped about what to buy your sweetheart this Valentine's Day?  DealChicken Atlanta is offering a romantic, yet practical idea.

Pay only $25 for $50 worth of merchandise from PajamaGram with DealChicken's exclusive offer. Choose from plenty of styles of pajamas and loungewear, in sizes ranging from infant to 3XL.

Get more information and learn how to place your order at www.dealchicken.com/atlanta-ga.

This offer expires on May 1, 2012.

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Buy Girl Scout Cookies in Athens

Buy Girl Scout Cookies in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- It's almost that time of year -- when Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and their cookie counterparts will begin to appear in pantries across the country.

Girl Scout Cookie season is right around the corner, and we've compiled a list of some of the places in metro Atlanta where you can get your cookie fix.

Learn more at www.girlscoutcookies.org.

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

ATLANTA -- The new Powerball makes its deut this week with bigger starting jackpots, better overall odds and more millionaires.

The enhanced game's first drawing will be Wednesday.

Powerball starting jackpots will double to $40 million and will grow faster. The game's second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million, and to $2 million with the Power Play option. Additionally, overall odds and odds to win a jackpot prize have improved.

The game's ticket price also will change from $1 to $2 per play.

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Players can still multiply with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter

ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter

ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman with a can of pepper spray joined other customers to help subdue a shoplifting suspect at an Athens Macy's Wednesday.

A security guard reportedly spotted a man stuffing clothes into a bag at Georgia Square Mall. When the suspect was confronted, he tried to choke the security guard and punched him several times in the ribs, according to Athens-Clarke County Police.

Officers said several shoppers intervened, including the woman who sprayed the fighting men with pepper spray, and an off-duty probation officer who helped to handcuff the suspect.

The suspect, who has not been named, faces charges of battery and felony shoplifting, according to police. The guard was not seriously hurt.