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Mega Millions to mount $173M jackpot for Friday

Friday, September 27, 2013

ATLANTA – The estimated $173 million Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing is fueling the excitement across Georgia as the jackpot continues to roll.

The jackpot has grown since July 30 and has rolled 17 times.

A winning ticket worth $250,000 was purchased in Quitman from the Sept. 24 drawing.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $6.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $119 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.

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 Corp. has returned more than $14.6 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

MEGA MILLIONS

Draw Date: Friday, September 27, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $173 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $6.6 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $119 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: July 30, 2013

Number of Rolls: 17

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: July 26, 2013 – $19 million jackpot (New Jersey winner)

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

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

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

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Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

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