ATLANTA – The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is at an estimated $110 million to a single annuity winner.
One winning ticket worth $30,000 was sold in Douglasville from Wednesday’s drawing.
The jackpot has grown since July 8 and has rolled seven times.
Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $110 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $69 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 $16.5 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
POWERBALL FAST FACTS
Draw Date: Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $110 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $69 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: July 8, 2015
Number of Rolls: 7
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: July 4, 2015 – $70 million jackpot (Missouri winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)
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Jasper Police and the GBI are investigating an armed robbery at the Save-A-Lot Thursday night about 10 p.m. after the store had closed.
Employees said two white males with hoodies hiding their faces approached the store when a single employee was closing. One smashed the front door with a baseball bat and both entered. One was armed with a handgun.
They took only cash and fled on foot.
A full contingent of police, sheriff’s officials and GBI investigators have all been on the scene over night.
One arrest was made by the officers working this case. But, Sgt. Matt Dawkins with the Jasper Police said, “This arrest was not connected to the store robbery." He said he was not releasing details on that arrest as the investigation is still underway.
Save-A-Lot Manager Donnie Copeland said the employee who was closing was extremely shaken up, but not injured. The store was closed mid-morning Friday as investigators continue to work inside, including taking shoe prints.
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“Nothing like this has ever happened here,” he said. “The worst thing we have ever had was the Coke machines being broken into.”
Pro disc golfer says course would be “incredible benefit”
Professional disc golf player Tommy Holbrook demonstrates how to throw a disc into a basket. In disc golf each “hole” has a basket at the end. When a player gets the disc in the basket it marks completion of that hole. Holbrook has had a hand in developing several courses and says the proposed course in the Talking Rock Nature Preserve could attract people from across the country if done well.
Big Canoe resident and professional disc golf player Tommy Holbrook gives the proposed course in north Pickens two huge thumbs up.
“This is going to be an incredible benefit for the area,” said Holbrook, who has played the sport for three decades and has designed many courses including a 54-hole course in North Carolina.
By Eileen Steinhauer
Twenty million dollars is the approximate amount needed to build a new school to replace Jasper Middle School, according to discussion at last week’s called board of education meeting.
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A shot from the preview show Friday night at Dragon stadium. Photo/ Laiken Owens