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Mega Millions jackpot increases to $425 million

Friday, December 13, 2013

ATLANTA – As a result of brisk sales, the Mega Millions jackpot is now $425 million for Friday’s drawing, Georgia Lottery officials have announced. Friday the 13th could be the luckiest day of the year for a jackpot that can be won by a single annuity winner!

The jackpot began rolling Oct. 4 and has rolled 20 times.

Georgians have won lots of great prizes, including two winning tickets worth $5,000 that were sold in Norcross from the Dec. 10 drawing. Another two winning tickets worth $5,000 were sold in Pelham and Lawrenceville.

One lucky Georgia Lottery player won a $10,000 prize. The winning ticket was purchased in Gainesville.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $425 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $228 million.

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 $14.8 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 Pre-K Program. More than 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

MEGA MILLIONS

Draw Date: Friday, December 13, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $425 million

Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $228 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Megaplier

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

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:14

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:259 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Oct. 4, 2013

Number of Rolls: 20

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 1, 2013 - $189 million (Maryland winner)

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 - $656 million (Maryland, Illinois and Kansas winners)

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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