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$1M Powerball prize routed to IT architect through iHOPE

$1M Powerball prize routed to IT architect through iHOPE

ATLANTA – An Acworth information technology architect has plugged into a Powerball prize worth $1 million months after purchasing the lucky ticket online with an iHOPEcard. Adam Missner, 47, matched the first five numbers from the Dec. 11 Powerball drawing, winning $1 million.

Missner, who works for The Coca-Cola Co., claimed his prize Feb. 7 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta upon the discovery of an unread email notification confirming his windfall.

For the father of six, URL has new meaning: You Are Lucky.

Missner purchased a Powerball Quik Pik ticket on mygalottery.com with an iHOPEcard.

“I didn’t know! I missed the email,” he said. “I searched my emails, and there it was, sitting there unread.”

Winning numbers from the Dec. 11 Powerball drawing were: 1-10-13-18-19 and the Powerball was 27.

Georgia's Safest Cities: 11-20

Georgia's Safest Cities: 11-20

(WXIA) -- Auburn, Ga., in Barrow and Gwinnett counties, has been named Georgia's safest city.

Security company SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile its list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia. A number of this year's selections are in metro Atlanta.

See the top 10 safest cities here. Numbers 11 through 20 include:

11. Canton
12. Hampton
13. Roswell
14. Acworth
15. Alpharetta
16. Commerce
17. Duluth
18. Flowery Branch
19. Suwanee
20. Grovetown

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

Animal Control to hold Valentine's adoption event

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Animal Control is hosting a special Valentine's Day event this week.

It will be Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 12, but was postponed due to last week's winter weather.

Attendees will meet adoptable pets while enjoying refreshments provided by the shelter. Those who want to bring home a new furry friend can do so for a discounted rate of $65.

Cobb County Animal Control is located at 1060 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta.

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education will once again offer its Seamless Summer nutrition program when school lets out for the year.

Seamless Summer provides free meals to children under the age of 18. No registration or income verification is required to receive the food.

According to the GDOE, more than 77 percent of the 500,000 breakfasts and 1.1 million lunches it serves during the school year are provided for free or at a reduced price. Georgia ranks in the top five nationwide for states with children who participate in the School Breakfast Program and/or National School Lunch Program.

In the past, more than 2,200 locations across Georgia have served meals through the Seamless Summer program.

Learn more at fns.usda.gov.

WellStar names new president

WellStar names new president

MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health System has chosen Candice Saunders as its new president and chief operating officer.

Saunders will take over her new role after current president and CEO Reynold Jennings' contract expires on Dec. 31, 2015.

"WellStar is critical and essential to the communities it serves. More than 1.4 million people rely on our services to live a healthy life," Saunders said in a release. "With my new responsibilities, I will provide leadership continuity to ensure that our system continues to play a major role in providing world-class healthcare to the people of metro Atlanta and northwest Georgia for years to come."

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I-75 northbound reopened over Allatoona Lake

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -- A four-vehicle accident completely closed Interstate 75 north in southern Bartow County for several hours early Friday.

The accident happened just north of Glade Road over Allatoona Lake.

The Georgia Department of Transportation confirmed three cars and a tractor trailer were involved in the wreck. The tractor trailer was hauling 49,000 pounds of liquid sugar, but none of it spilled on the road.

Dispatchers could not confirm any injuries or fatalities, but said three ambulance helicopters were sent to the scene.

Traffic had been shut down for several hours, but has since been reopened to motorists.

For the latest traffic conditions in metro Atlanta, visit 11Alive.com/Traffic.


14 Publix locations to stay closed Wednesday

14 Publix locations to stay closed Wednesday

(WXIA) -- The icy conditions that slammed north and central Georgia overnight forced 14 Publix supermarkets to close their doors for the day.

Publix spokeswoman Brenda Reid said the Georgia Publix stores that are open received extra supplies of milk, eggs, dry goods, meat and produce to accommodate shoppers who plan to spend the day at home.

The 14 locations that are closed Wednesday include:

Publix at Governors Towne Square
6110 Cedarcrest Road NW, Acworth

Publix at Atlantic Station
1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta

Publix at Cascade Crossing
3695 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta

Publix at East Lake
2235 Glenwood Avenue SE, Atlanta

Publix at Piedmont
595 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta

Publix at The Plaza Midtown
950 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta