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Weekend jackpots: Mega Millions, Powerball tally $279M

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ATLANTA – Mega Millions and Powerball are producing impressive jackpots for Friday and Saturday with a combined $279 million up for grabs between the two.

Friday’s Mega Millions drawing is at a massive $149 million jackpot to a single annuity winner.

The jackpot began rolling Oct. 4 and has rolled 12 times.

Two winning Mega Millions tickets worth $5,000 were sold in Tallapoosa and Senoia from the Nov. 12 drawing.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $149 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $80 million.

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.

Powerball has surged to an estimated $130 million jackpot to a single annuity winner for Saturday’s drawing.

The jackpot began rolling Oct. 26 and has rolled six times.

One winning Powerball ticket worth $10,000 was sold in LaGrange from the Nov. 13 drawing.

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $130 million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $73 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 $14.8 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 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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