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Luck o’ the lottery: Mega Millions jumps to $200M

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

ATLANTA – Mega Millions is going extra green in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $200 million after no one matched all the winning numbers Tuesday.

Seven Georgia Lottery players won $10,000 each in Tuesday’s drawing. The lucky tickets were purchased in Cave Spring, Lawrenceville, Lithia Springs, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs and Savannah.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since Jan. 27 and has rolled 14 times.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $7.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option; or a single payment worth approximately $145 million with the cash option.

Mega Millions tickets are $1 per play. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

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

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.1 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: March 16, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $200 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $7.6 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $145 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

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

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Jan. 27, 2012

Number of Rolls: 14

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Jan. 24, 2012; $72 million Atlanta winner

#1 Georgia Lottery Jackpot: March 6, 2007; Mega Millions $390 million; 2 winners – Ga./N.J.

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

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com

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Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

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