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Youth soccer coach scores $100K lottery prize

Youth soccer coach scores $100K lottery prize

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- A youth soccer coach will ring in the New Year with a big smile on his face, thanks to his recent Georgia Lottery win.

Jerry Moore scored $100,000 playing the instant game Georgia Lottery Black. He claimed his prize Tuesday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Downtown Atlanta.

Moore and his wife Christy were shopping at Kroger on Peachtree Parkway in their hometown of Peachtree City when they bought the lucky ticket.

"We couldn't believe our eyes," said Moore, 42. "My wife said that I had this crazed look on my face."

The stepfather of three currently has no plans for his windfall.

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.)

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

Celebrate National Cupcake Day with a free ice cream cupcake

Celebrate National Cupcake Day with a free ice cream cupcake

ATLANTA -- What better way to recognize National Cupcake Day than with a free ice cream cupcake?

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery will give away ice cream cupcakes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all Metro Atlanta locations.

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"This is the second year in a row Marble Slab and MaggieMoo's have celebrated National Cupcake Day with a giveaway of our ice cream cupcake," said David Kaiser, director of frozen goods for Norcross-based GFG Management, LLC, which owns both ice cream chains. "We love fun observances like National Cupcake Day and look forward to celebrating with our extremely valued customers by offering a free and very delicious ice cream treat."

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale at Pike Nurseries

Fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale at Pike Nurseries

DULUTH, Ga. -- Fresh Christmas trees have arrived at Pike Nurseries, and they're being sold for a great price.

The Duluth-based chain of nurseries is offering seven-foot, hand-cut Christmas trees from North Carolina for only $29.99. The trees were carefully carried, not dragged, out of their forests.

RELATED: Where can I buy a Christmas tree?

Pike Nurseries is also offering a special Yuletide package -- a Fraser Fir tree, 24-inch mixed wreath and two poinsettias for $59.99.

Pike Nurseries locations include:

Acworth
* 3602 Cobb Parkway

Alpharetta
* 2955 Holcomb Bridge Road

Chair-ity Event raises more than $50,000

Chair-ity Event raises more than $50,000

UNION CITY, Ga. -- Residents of the Children's Village at Christian City have a great reason to celebrate this holiday season -- the Children's Chair-ity Event, their annual fundraiser, collected more than $50,000 on Dec. 1.

MORE: Great Chair-ity event to help Children's Village

More than 80 items were donated by local artists and businesses for the silent auction, while dedicated volunteers spent the entire year working to ensure the event would be a success. The Children's Chair-ity Event was held at the Dolce in Peachtree City.

About 1,000 abused and abandoned children have been aided by Christian City since 1965. For more information, visit www.christiancity.org.