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Weekend jackpots accelerate: Mega Millions $95M, Powerball $203M

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ATLANTA – The accelerating Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are creating excitement across Georgia.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $95 million to a single annuity winner.

The jackpot has grown since July 30 and has rolled 10 times.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $3.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $64 million with the cash option.

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.

Saturday’s estimated Powerball jackpot for a single annuity winner is $203 million.

The jackpot has grown since Aug. 10 and has rolled eight times.

Four Georgia Lottery players have won large prizes playing Powerball from the Sept. 4 drawing. Winning tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Doraville, Scottdale, Claxton and Flowery Branch.

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $203 million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $115 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play to increase non-jackpot prize winnings.

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 $14.6 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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