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Washington Couple Wins $130 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

Thursday, January 20, 2005

ATLANTA – Margaret Jones and her husband, James, correctly selected the numbers for Tuesday’s (1/18) Mega Millions drawing and became the second largest winners in Georgia Lottery history. There was one winning ticket sold for Tuesday’s drawing, worth an annuitized $130 million. Mr. and Mrs. Jones, residents of Washington, Ga., selected the cash option, which amounted to approximately $77.7 million before taxes.

“It’s always exciting when a Mega Millions jackpot ticket is purchased in Georgia,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “Just as exciting is knowing how much Georgia’s students are gaining through the educational programs we fund.”

The winning numbers for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were: 10-23-28-39-51 and the Gold Mega Ball was 5. The Quik Pik ticket was purchased at Golden Pantry #0081, located at 1238 Lincolnton Rd. in Washington.

Mr. Jones, 55, owns an automotive repair shop. Mrs. Jones, 55, works as a mail carrier. They plan to use their winnings to help their three children.

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Golden Pantry will receive the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS
· Mr. and Mrs. Jones are the second largest single winners in Georgia Lottery history.
· The largest single winner in Georgia Lottery history is Stephen Moore. Mr. Moore won a $150 million Mega Millions jackpot on September 30, 2003. He selected the cash option and received $88.9 million before taxes.
· The highest jackpot in Georgia Lottery history was when The Big Game reached $363 million for the May 9, 2000 drawing.
· The second highest jackpot in Georgia Lottery history was when The Big Game reached $331 million for the April 16, 2002 drawing. Three winners shared the jackpot prize including Georgia winner Erika Greene. Ms. Greene selected the cash option and received $58.9 million before taxes.
· Mega Millions tickets went on sale May 15, 2002 when The Big Game, established in 1996, became Mega Millions.
· The first Mega Millions drawing was held on May 17, 2002.
· Mega Millions drawings are held live in Atlanta, Ga. every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.
· Georgia winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prize.
· Overall odds of winning any Mega Millions prize are approximately 1:43.
· Odds for winning the jackpot prize are approximately 1:135 million.
· Mega Millions states include: Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington state.
· To date, there have been 35 Mega Millions jackpot winners.
· There have been six Mega Millions jackpot winners in Georgia.

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 Corporation has returned over $7 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs. These include Georgia’s HOPE scholarship program; a statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds; and a wide range of technological and capital upgrades for the state’s schools, technical institutes, colleges, universities and public libraries.

 

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