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Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot boosted to $355M; second largest in Mega Millions history

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ATLANTA – As a result of increased ticket sales, lottery officials announced today that the Mega Millions jackpot has been bumped from $330 million to $355 MILLION for tonight’s drawing. It only takes $1 for Georgia Lottery players to have a chance to win big.

“With tickets selling at a brisk pace, we have raised the Mega Millions jackpot,” said Georgia Lottery Corp. President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco. “This is great news because increased sales translate into additional dollars for the HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs we fund.”

Any lucky player who matches all five white ball numbers, along with the Mega Ball number, could win approximately $13.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option. Or a player could select the cash option and win a single payment worth approximately $224 million.

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 Corp. has returned more than $12.1 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 1.25 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.


Draw Date: January 4, 2011

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $355 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $13.6 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $224 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play

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: Nov. 12, 2010

Number of Rolls: 16

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Nov. 9, 2010 in Ohio

#1 Georgia Lottery Jackpot: Mega Millions = $390 million; March 6, 2007; Ga./N.J. winners

Georgia Lottery Rank: #3

Mega Millions Rank: #2

Mega Millions Jurisdictions: 43

Total population: 264 million


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

www.galottery.com and www.megamillions.com

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