Gloria Williams of Phenix City has won $500,000 in the Georgia Lottery Diamonds & Gold game.
Williams, the grandmother of 14, has worked in a Fort Benning dining hall for 23 years.
She purchased the winning ticket at R&S Grocery, 541 Second Ave. in Columbus.
The mother of four adult daughters said, "I just feel great. I will make a lot of people in my family happy."
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $11 billion to the State of Georgia for education.