Wednesday, February 7, 2007
ATLANTA – Mega Millions is getting even bigger. The Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC) announced today that California is joining the 11 states that currently participate in the multi-state game.
“Adding another state to Mega Millions is very exciting news for Georgians,” said GLC President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “The faster-growing jackpots will provide excitement for Georgia Lottery players and an opportunity to raise additional dollars for the educational programs we fund.”
With the addition of California, the total population in all 12 participating Mega Millions states grows to more than 150 million.
Mega Millions tickets will remain $1 and Mega Millions drawings will continue to be held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. (EST).
Mega Millions was launched in 1996 as “The Big Game” and was played in six states. In 2002, it was renamed Mega Millions and is now available in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington state. Mega Millions holds the record for the largest jackpot in North American history, reaching $363 million in May of 2000.
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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