Historic Mega Millions jackpot raises $34.7M for education in Georgia

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October 24, 2018



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Historic Mega Millions jackpot raises $34.7M for education in Georgia


ATLANTA – Georgia Lottery officials announced Wednesday that the historic $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot generated more than $34.7 million in proceeds for Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.


In addition, Georgia Lottery players won big statewide in Tuesday’s drawing.


Winning numbers from the Oct. 23 drawing were: 5-28-62-65-70 and the Mega Ball was 5.


One jackpot ticket was sold in South Carolina, and 20 tickets worth $10,000 each were sold in Georgia.


The $10,000 tickets were purchased in: Athens, Atlanta (2), Buford, Conyers, Fort Valley, Hinesville, Kennesaw, LaGrange, Marietta (2), Pooler, Rising Fawn, Sandy Springs, Savanah, Tallapoosa (2), Trenton, Villa Rica and Warner Robins.


Additionally, Georgia Lottery players won more than $8.5 million in prizes since the Mega Millions jackpot began rolling in July.


The excitement isn’t over yet, however.


Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $620 million – the third largest in the game’s history.


The Powerball jackpot has grown since Aug. 15 and has rolled 20 times.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $620 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $354 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can multiply prizes with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.


Powerball tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide. Georgia residents also can purchase Powerball tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.


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 $19.8 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 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $620 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $354 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 1:24.87
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 15, 2018
Number of Rolls: 20
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 11, 2018 – $247 million jackpot (New York)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (California, Florida and Tennessee)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., Mega Millions and Powerball, please visit:

www.galottery.com, www.megamillions.com and www.powerball.com 


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