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Mega Millions jackpot expected to be $241 million Tuesday


ATLANTA – Mega Millions is on a mega roll. After no one matched all the winning numbers in Friday’s drawing, Tuesday’s jackpot has jumped to an estimated $241 million.

Two Georgia Lottery players in Norcross and Kingsland each won $10,000 in Friday’s drawing. One player in Fairburn increased a $10,000 prize to $30,000 with the Megaplier option.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since Jan. 27 and has rolled 15 times.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $9.2 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option; or a single payment worth approximately $171 million with the cash option.

 

Mega Millions tickets are $1 per play. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

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 $13.1 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: March 20, 2012

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $241 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $9.2 million a year for 26 years

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $171 million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

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

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Jan. 27, 2012

Number of Rolls: 15

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Jan. 24, 2012; $72 million Atlanta winner

#1 Georgia Lottery Jackpot: March 6, 2007; Mega Millions $390 million; 2 winners – Ga./N.J.

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