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Shake, rattle & roll: $149M Mega Millions; $114M Powerball

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ATLANTA – Both Mega Millions and Powerball are taking off at record speeds with strong jackpots anticipated for Tuesday and Wednesday’s drawings.

Mega Millions is bursting at the seams with an estimated $149 million jackpot to a single annuity winner for Tuesday’s drawing. Powerball has reached $114 million for Wednesday’s drawing.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since March 21 and has rolled 17 times.

One lucky Georgia Lottery player won big from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. RaceTrac #0455 in Clayton sold a winning ticket worth $5,000.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $149 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $86 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.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is at an estimated $114 million to a single annuity winner. The jackpot has grown since April 26 and has rolled seven times.

There was one Georgia Lottery player who won a $1 million prize from Saturday’s Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was sold at Riverside Travel Center in Blakely. Another winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in West Point.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $114 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $67 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.3 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 FAST FACTS

Draw Date: May 20, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $149 million

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

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $86 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: March 21, 2014

Number of Rolls: 17

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 18, 2014 – $414 million jackpot

(2 winning tickets – Florida and Maryland – $115.5 million each)

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

 

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: May 21, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $114 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $67 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: April 26, 2014
Number of Rolls: 7
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: April 23, 2014 – $148.8 million jackpot (Florida winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., Mega Millions and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com, www.megamillions.com and www.powerball.com

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Kimberly Starks
Media Relations Manager

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