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Mega Millions Soars, Reaches $189 Million

Monday, April 10, 2006

ATLANTA – Mega Millions continues to soar, gaining more and more momentum and excitement as the jackpot rises. Up for grabs to a single annuity winner is an estimated $189 MILLION jackpot for the Tuesday, April 11 drawing. It only takes $1 for a chance to win.

“Each time the Mega Millions jackpot grows, so does the excitement for all of our players across the state,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “When Georgia Lottery players purchase a ticket, they not only give themselves the chance for an experience of a lifetime, but they also give the students of Georgia the ability to pursue educations that will last a lifetime.”

Mega Millions offers players two payment options: 26 annual payments in equal installments or a single check worth the cash value of the estimated jackpot. Any lucky Mega Millions player who matches all five white ball numbers, along with the Mega Ball number, could walk away with approximately $7.2 million a year (before taxes) for 26 years with the annuity option. Or a player could pre-select the cash option and win a single check worth over $107 million (before taxes).

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

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 Corporation has returned over $8 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 Prekindergarten Program. More than 900,000 students have received HOPE Scholarships, and more than 700,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

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