Special to the Journal
ATLANTA – Powerball continues to roll and the jackpot has grown larger to a mammoth $320 million to a single annuity winner for Saturday’s drawing. Georgia Lottery players across the state won big from Wednesday’s drawing, and the excitement continues to grow.
Four Georgia Lottery players have won large Powerball prizes from Wednesday’s drawing. Winning tickets worth $10,000 were sold at Publix Super Market #0526 in Evans, Texaco Food Mart in Norcross, Marathon Food Mart in Senoia and T Byrds #0002 in Statesboro.
Powerball offers two payment options: the $320 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $198 million.
Powerball tickets are $2 per play.
As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
POWERBALL FAST FACTS
Draw Date: March 23, 2013
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $320 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $198 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: Feb. 9, 2013
Number of Rolls: 12
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Feb. 6, 2013 – $217 million jackpot (Virginia winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Nov. 28, 2012 – $588 million jackpot (Arizona and Missouri winners)