ATLANTA – Because of increased sales, Tuesday night’s Mega Millions jackpot was raised to an estimated $363 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Friday’s drawing.
Eight Georgia Lottery players won $10,000 in Friday’s drawing. The winning tickets were purchased in Kingsland, McDonough, Martinez, Albany, Glennville and Smyrna. Two of the $10,000 winning tickets were purchased in Decatur.
See Mega Million Fast Facts and other interesting lottery odds below.
One player in Martinez increased a $10,000 prize to $40,000 with the Megaplier option. Another player in Norcross won a $250,000 second prize from matching the first five winning numbers in the drawing.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since Marcia Adams of College Park won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing. The jackpot has rolled 17 times since.
Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $13 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option; or a single payment worth approximately $259 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 27, 2012
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $363 million
Annuity Amount: Approximately $13 million a year for 26 years
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $259 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: 17
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.