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Mega Millions reaches $103M; Powerball hits $140M

Friday, April 26, 2013

ATLANTA – Jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball are rolling. Tonight’s drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $103 million to a single annuity winner. The jackpot for Powerball is up to $140 million for Saturday’s drawing.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since March 15 and has rolled 12 times.

One lucky Georgia Lottery player won $250,000, and three players won $10,000 from Tuesday’s drawing. Chevron Food Mart in Forest Park sold the winning ticket with a quarter-million dollar prize. Tickets worth $10,000 were sold at QuikTrip #0745 in Atlanta, QuikTrip #0718 in Norcross and Sunset Market #0010 in Fort Oglethorpe.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $3.9 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $77 million with the cash option.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

The Powerball jackpot has grown since April 3 and has rolled seven times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $140 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $91 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

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

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 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.

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS
Draw Date: April 26, 2013
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $103 million
Annuity Amount: Approximately $3.9 million a year for 26 years
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $77 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: March 15, 2013
Number of Rolls: 12
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 12, 2013 – $41 million jackpot (Ohio winner)
#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million
(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS
Draw Date: April 27, 2013
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $140 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $91 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: April 3, 2013
Number of Rolls: 7
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 30, 2013 – $50 million jackpot (Illinois winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Nov. 28, 2012 – $588 million jackpot (Arizona and Missouri winners)

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

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

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Kimberly Starks
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