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Powerball packs punch with Saturday’s $174M jackpot

Friday, September 21, 2012

ATLANTA – Dominating the charts is Saturday’s Powerball jackpot drawing, packing a powerful punch with an estimated $174 million to a single annuity winner.

The jackpot has grown since Aug. 18 and has rolled 10 times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $174 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $110 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

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

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $13.6 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Sept. 22, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $174 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $110 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug.18, 2012
Number of Rolls: 10
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 15, 2012 – $337 million jackpot (Michigan winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Feb. 18, 2006 – $365 million jackpot (Nebraska winner)

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

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.powerball.com

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Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

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