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$102M Mega Millions jackpot fuels excitement tonight

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ATLANTA – The Mega Millions jackpot has passed the $100 million mark for the first time since the world record $656 million jackpot in March. The estimated jackpot for tonight’s drawing is at $102 million to a single annuity winner.

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.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $3.9 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $75 million with the cash option.

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 $13.4 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 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: May 1, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $102 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $3.9 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $75 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: April 3, 2012

Number of Rolls: 8

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 30, 2012; Illinois, Maryland and Kansas

#1 Georgia Lottery Jackpot: Mega Millions = $656 million; March 30, 2012 (3 winning tickets – $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
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