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Jackpots surge: $139M Mega Millions; $222M Powerball

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ATLANTA – The jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball are surging. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot has reached $139 million, and the Powerball jackpot has climbed to $222 million for Wednesday’s drawing. The excitement is growing across Georgia as both jackpots continue to roll.

The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s drawing is at an estimated $139 million to a single annuity winner. The jackpot has grown since March 15 and has rolled 15 times.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $5.3 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $104 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 for Wednesday’s drawing is at an estimated $222 million to a single annuity winner. The jackpot has grown since April 3 and has rolled 10 times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $222 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $144 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: May 7, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $139 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $5.3 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $104 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: 15

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: May 8, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $222 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $144 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: 10
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
Media Relations Manager

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