Georgia's big jackpots soar to a combined half-billion dollars!

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Georgia’s big jackpots soar to a combined half-billion dollars

Mega Millions at $422M; Powerball at $110M

 

 

ATLANTA – Lottery fever is spreading across Georgia with Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots totaling more than a half-billion dollars. Mega Millions grew overnight to $422 million for Friday’s drawing. Tonight’s Powerball jackpot has reached $110 million.

 

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in last night’s Mega Millions drawing. Racetrac #0495, located at 123 Commerce Drive in Villa Rica, sold the lucky ticket.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot began May 8 and has rolled 21 times since.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $422 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $254 million.

 

Powerball began growing June 23 and has rolled seven times.

 

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $110 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $67 million.

 

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 per play and can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide. Georgia residents also can purchase tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.

 

Mega Millions players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play. Mega Millions also offers an optional $3 wager, Just the Jackpot, that allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.

 

Powerball players can multiply prizes with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

 

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

 

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $19.5 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Friday, July 20, 2018

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $422 million

Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $254 million

Cost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier; $3 for Just the Jackpot

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Where to Buy: Mega Millions tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers. Georgia residents also can purchase tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:302 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: May 8, 2018

Number of Rolls: 21

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: May 4, 2018 – $142 million (Ohio) 

No. 1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland)

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $110 millionAnnuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated paymentsCash Option Amount: Approximately $67 millionCost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplierDrawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and SaturdayWhere to Buy: Powerball tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers. Georgia residents also can purchase tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24.87Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 millionDate Jackpot Began Rolling: June 23, 2018Number of Rolls: 7Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 20, 2018 – $151 million jackpot (Oregon)No. 1 Powerball Jackpot: Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (California, Florida and Tennessee)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., Mega Millions and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.megamillions.com and www.powerball.com 

 

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