Lottery officials today bumped the Mega Millions jackpot from $325 million to $333 million for tonight’s drawing. It only takes $1 for Georgia Lottery players to have a chance to win big. The jackpot is the third largest in the state lottery’s history.
Mega Millions, which costs $1 to play, offers players two payment options: 26 annual payments in equal installments or one check worth the cash value of the estimated jackpot. A Mega Millions player who matches all five white ball numbers, along with the Mega Ball number, would walk away with about $12.8 million a year (before taxes) for 26 years with the annuity option – unless the pot is split with multiple winners. Or a player could select the cash option and get a single check of about $210 million before taxes.
A Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket would get a $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. That prize also is split if there are multiple winners.
GEORGIA LOTTERY TOP JACKPOTS
RANK DRAW DATE GAME JACKPOT LOCATION of JACKPOT WINNER(S)
1 3/6/07 Mega Millions $390,000,000 Dalton, Georgia; New Jersey
2 5/9/00 The Big Game $363,000,000 Illinois; Michigan
3 8/28/09 Mega Millions $333,000,000 CURRENT JACKPOT
4 4/16/02 The Big Game $331,000,000 Dacula, Georgia; Illinois; New Jersey
5 8/31/07 Mega Millions $330,000,000 Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia
6 11/15/05 Mega Millions $315,000,000 California
7 7/2/04 Mega Millions $294,000,000 Massachusetts
8 2/22/08 Mega Millions $275,000,000 Portal, Georgia
9 2/28/06 Mega Millions $270,000,000 Ohio
10 4/18/06 Mega Millions $265,000,000 Ohio