ATLANTA – Lottery fever is spreading across Georgia. The jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing is an estimated $172 million to a single annuity winner. It only takes $1 for a chance to win big.
Any lucky player who matches all five white ball numbers, along with the Mega Ball number, could win approximately $6.6 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 $109 million.
Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailers selling the winning ticket will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.
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.
MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS
Draw Date: March 15, 2011
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $172 million
Annuity Amount: Approximately $6.6 million a year for 26 years
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $109 million
Cost to Play: $1 per play
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: 11
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
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