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Mega Millions bumped from $304M to $312M

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ATLANTA – As a result of brisk ticket sales, lottery officials announced today that the Mega Millions jackpot has been bumped from $304 million to $312 MILLION for Friday’s drawing.

Mega Millions tickets are $1 per play. For an additional $1 per play, players can select the Megaplier option for a chance to increase prizes.

Any lucky player who matches all five white ball numbers, along with the Mega Ball number, could win approximately $12 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option. Or a player could select the cash option and win a single payment worth approximately $198 million.

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 $12.3 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 1.3 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: March 25, 2011

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $312 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $12 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $198 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: Feb. 4, 2011

Number of Rolls: 14

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Feb. 1, 2011 in Indiana and Michigan

#1 Georgia Lottery Jackpot: Mega Millions = $390 million; March 6, 2007; Ga./N.J. winners

Mega Millions Rank: #6

Georgia Lottery Rank: #8


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