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QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

QuikTrip introduces breakfast pizza

(WXIA) -- It has the makings of an April Fools' Day joke, but QuikTrip really did begin offering a breakfast pizza on Apr. 1.

The new culinary creation features a crispy crust topped with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs and melted cheddar jack cheese. It is available from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily at the QT Kitchens full service counters. The pizza costs $2.99 for one slice or $5 for two.

So far, the breakfast pizza is a hit, according to QuikTrip Corporate Chef Nick Powell.

"Our savory breakfast pizza is a new and exciting breakfast option. Customers rave about it," Powell said in a statement.

Visit quiktrip.com to find your nearest QuikTrip.

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.

Alcohol compliance checks: Mableton

Alcohol compliance checks: Mableton

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County police performed a series of alcohol compliance checks on Mableton businesses last week.

An underage volunteer visited 27 shops and restaurants and attempted to buy alcohol.

These locations passed the check and did not sell alcohol to the volunteer:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.

Cobb County builder wins monumental lottery prize

Cobb County builder wins monumental lottery prize

ATLANTA – A Cobb County monument builder has won a monumental Georgia Lottery prize. Richard Sailors Jr. of Marietta won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game Maximum Green.

Sailors, 52, claimed his prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

He plans to purchase a new truck with his winnings.

Mitchell’s Grocery, 800 Old Alabama Road S.W. in Mableton, sold the winning ticket.

“I went back out to my truck and started screaming,” Sailors said. “Then, I went to see my brother. I’m very excited.”

The Georgia Lottery instant game Maximum Green is loaded with cash prizes and top prizes of $1 million and $5 million.Players can enter their non-winning tickets into the monthly Maximum Green Extra Chance Drawing to win one of 10 monthly prizes of $10,000. For more information, visit www.galottery.com.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Mableton mother picks up $1M Mega Millions prize

Mableton mother picks up $1M Mega Millions prize

ATLANTA – A Mableton mother is jumping for joy since winning a massive Mega Millions prize. Denise Ford, 45, matched the first five numbers from the Dec. 27 Mega Millions drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

Ford purchased the winning Quik Pik ticket at the Kroger at 4715 South Atlanta Road SE in Smyrna.

She claimed her prize Jan. 9 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

Winning numbers from the Dec. 27 Mega Millions drawing were: 4-15-35-48-49 and the Mega Ball was 11.

“I had no idea,” said Ford, who works in sales. “It was posted online, and I couldn’t believe it.”

Initially “frozen” in shock, the lucky winner is now bubbling over with excitement.

“I jumped up and down and started crying,” Ford recalled.

With an adult daughter, Ford intends to fund a trust with her winnings.