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Big jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball this weekend

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Mega Millions posts $233M jackpot for drawing Friday

Saturday’s Powerball drawing to yield $171M jackpot

 

ATLANTA – This weekend’s jackpots are solid with Mega Millions reaching a $233 million jackpot for tonight’s drawing, and Powerball tapping a $171 million jackpot for Saturday’s drawing.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since March 27 and has rolled 18 times.

 

Three winning tickets worth $5,000 were sold in College Park, Milton and Atlanta from Tuesday’s drawing.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $233 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $145 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 has grown since April 22 and has rolled 11 times.

 

A winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in Roopville from Wednesday’s drawing.

 

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $171 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $107 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 $16.2 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 1.7 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: Friday, May 29, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $233 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $145 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 27, 2015

Number of Rolls: 18

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 24, 2015 – $59 million (New York)

#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: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $171 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $107 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 22, 2015
Number of Rolls: 11
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: April 18, 2015 – $50 million jackpot (Puerto Rico)
#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.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com, www.megamillions.com and www.powerball.com