Winning Keno tickets show up in church collection plate

Whoever he or she was, a Marietta church wants to thank the person who dropped three winning Keno tickets worth more than $4,000 total into a collection plate.

The Georgia Lottery reported the donation to the Unity North Atlanta Church in a news release issued Monday. An anonymous person donated the tickets, worth $4,069 total, during a recent Sunday service.

“This is a first for us,” church office manager Wendy Beck said.

Two of the tickets were purchased at a Quick Trip on North Cobb Parkway, while the third was bought at a Chevron Food Mart on Sandy Plains Road, both in Marietta, lottery officials said. The prize was claimed Aug. 1.

Beck said the church plans to apply the winnings toward its mortgage and monthly bills.