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Mega Millions jackpot raised to $640M

Friday, March 30, 2012

ATLANTA – Mega Millions has received a mega boost. Brisk ticket sales have bumped the estimated jackpot from $540 million to $640 million, a world record.

The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park, Ga., won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $24.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option; or a single payment worth approximately $462 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.



Draw Date: March 30, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $640 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $24.6 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $462 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: 18

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

Largest World Jackpot: Current Mega Millions jackpot

Previous Largest North American Jackpot: March 6, 2007; Mega Millions $390 million; 2 winners in Ga. and 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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