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Mega Millions Gets Bigger: Bigger Jackpots! Bigger Possibilities!

Monday, June 20, 2005

ATLANTA - Mega Millions is about to get a lot bigger. With the addition of California, enhancements to the Mega Millions game will allow jackpots to grow faster and bigger starting June 22. Additionally, the second and third prizes will increase, and the overall odds of winning a prize will improve.

"Larger, faster-growing jackpots are exciting for Georgia Lottery players and important for the educational programs we fund," said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. "It's exciting to know that every dollar generated benefits the students of Georgia."

The minimum Mega Millions jackpot will increase from $10 million to $12 million. The prize for matching the first five numbers but not the Mega Ball increases from $175,000 to $250,000. The prize for players matching four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball will be raised from $5,000 to $10,000.

Mega Millions players will now select five numbers from 1 to 56 and a Mega Ball number from 1 to 46. The odds of winning the jackpot prize are 1 in 175 million. The odds of winning any prize improve to 1 in 40.

Mega Millions tickets will remain $1, and Mega Millions drawings will continue to be held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m. (EST) in Atlanta. To welcome California to Mega Millions, the June 24 drawing will be held live in Hollywood.

The Georgia Lottery is teaming up with the Atlanta Braves and Delta Airlines to celebrate the addition of California to Mega Millions with the Mega Road Trip promotion. Players can enter the Mega Millions second chance drawing between June 22 and July 8 for the opportunity to win one of 11 trips for two to the West Coast to watch a San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves game series on July 18, 19 and 20.

The announcement that California is joining Mega Millions and the introduction of the Mega Road Trip promotion will be made on "Georgia Lottery Mega Millions Night" at the Braves Game at Turner Field on June 22. The Mega Ball will be throwing out the first pitch.

With the addition of California, the total population in all 12 participating Mega Millions states grows to more than 150 million.

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, Washington state and California. Mega Millions holds the record for the largest jackpot in North American history, reaching $363 million in May 2000.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned over $7.4 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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