Mega Millions jackpot bumped from $493M to $512M

July 23, 20183min5510
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Georgia Lottery officials announced today that the jackpot for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing has been raised from $493 million to $512 million, as a result of strong sales.

Five Georgia Lottery players won $10,000 each in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing. The lucky tickets were purchased in Claxton, Kennesaw, Luthersville, Mableton and Macon.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since May 8 and has rolled 22 times.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $512 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $303 million.

It only takes $2 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. Mega Millions players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play. Mega Millions also offers an optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot that allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.

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

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 $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.

 

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $512 million

Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $303 million

Cost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier; $3 for Just the Jackpot

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Where to Buy: Mega Millions tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers. Georgia residents also can purchase tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:303 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: May 8, 2018

Number of Rolls: 22

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: May 4, 2018 – $142 million (Ohio)

No. 1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland)

 

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