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Powerball jackpot raised to $550M, 2nd highest in game’s history

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ATLANTA – Powerball just got even more powerful. Georgia Lottery officials announced today that strong sales have bumped Saturday’s Powerball jackpot from an estimated $475 million to an estimated $550 million.
 
The current jackpot is the second largest in Powerball history and the third largest jackpot in U.S. history.
 
Additionally, Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $190 million.
 
The combined Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are a U.S. record at $740 million.
 
Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $550 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $350 million.
 
Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $7.3 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option; or a single payment worth approximately $140 million.
 
Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Mega Millions tickets are $1 per play.
 
As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball and Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.
 
Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $14.3 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
 
POWERBALL FAST FACTS
Draw Date:
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $550 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $350 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier feature
Drawings: Air at 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday in Georgia
Latest to Purchase Tickets: Until 10 p.m. on days of drawings; until 1 a.m. other days
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:32
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Number of Jurisdictions: 45 (43 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: April 3, 2013
Number of Rolls: 13
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 30, 2013 - $50 million jackpot (Illinois winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Nov. 28, 2013 - $588 million jackpot (Arizona and Missouri winners)
 
MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS
Draw Date:
Friday, May 17, 2013
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $190 million
Annuity Amount: Approximately $7.3 million a year for 26 years
Cash Option Amount: $140 million
Cost to Play: $1 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Megaplier feature
Drawings: Air at 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday in Georgia
Latest to Purchase Tickets: Until 10:45 p.m. on days of drawings; until 1 a.m. other days
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:40
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:175 million
Number of Jurisdictions: 45 (43 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: March 15, 2013
Number of Rolls: 18
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: March 12, 2013 - $41 million jackpot (Ohio winner)
#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 - $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland winners)
 

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

www.galottery.com <http://www.galottery.com> , www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com <http://www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com> , www.powerball.com <http://www.powerball.com>  and www.megamillions.com <http://www.megamillions.com>

 

Nelson sued over mandatory gun ordinance

            A Washington based group in favor of gun control has sued the town of Nelson over its recent ordinance that requires homeowners to maintain a firearm.

            The suit was filed Thursday in the North Ga. District Court in Gainesville by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and was addressed to Mayor Pro-Temp Johnathan Bishop and all the members of the council. It seeks relief and an injunction from the ordinance.

            The papers that were e-filed stated, “This complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to vindicate the rights of the plaintiff, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (“Brady Center” or “Plaintiff”), and its membership to be free from an illegal and unconstitutional requirement imposed by the City of Nelson (“Defendant,” “City,” or “Nelson”) in the State of Georgia that all “Heads of Households,” an undefined term, residing within the city limits maintain a firearm with ammunition...

The lawsuit furthermore stated, “Although the United States Supreme Court’s recent decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), and MacDonald v. Chicago, 651 U.S. 3025 (2010), guarantee law-abiding, responsible citizens the right to possess a firearm in the home for self-defense, the Second Amendment does not require – or permit the government to require – individuals to possess firearms. Rather, the Second Amendment recognizes that individuals can determine how best to defend their homes and families, including by choosing not to bring a firearm into the home. This lawsuit is brought to protect that fundamental liberty, and to prevent its unconstitutional infringement.”

 

See local reaction and more in next week's print edition.

 

Three horses killed in three wrecks

Drivers unharmed in Highway 53 accidents

            Three horses were killed after being hit by vehicles on Highway 53 West near Big Ridge Road last night in a string of three separate accidents.

   None of the occupants to the vehicles were injured.

   The accidents all occurred within a half mile of each other over a short span of time, but with the windy road, officers at the first collision could not see the other wrecks.

   According to Pickens Sheriff Office spokesman Kris Stancil four horses got out of the same pasture and wandered onto the road about 4:30 a.m.

   The fourth hourse was herded back into the pasture after it was discovered running loose. Deputies had already responded to the first call when the other two accidents occurred.            

  A pickup truck over-turned either after striking one of the horses or trying, unsuccessfully, to avoid it. One of the other vehicles was a transfer-truck. The third vehicle, also a pickup truck, only suffered minor damage, according to sheriff reports.

   In an interview this morning, Stancil said the owner of the horses was notified and came immediately to the scene. No charges are pending.

   Stancil said a livestock owner would be charged criminally only if it is shown that the animals were running loose because of neglect.

 

Ball Ground woman charged with murder

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     Press Release

     Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

      On May 14th deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office were dispatched 515 Northwoods drive near Ball Ground in reference to a welfare check. At the location, authorities located the deceased body of James Reece, 77 years old of Ball Ground. It appeared Reece had been deceased for several days. Investigators learned that the daughter of Mr. Reece, Andrea Blanton, 45 years old of Ball Ground, lived at the home with Reece and was his primary caregiver. It was determined that Blanton had been staying in the home with her father’s body and despite the advanced stages of decomposition, Blanton had failed to report the death.
       Blanton was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and charged with Concealing a Death. She was released Tuesday night on an $11,200.00 bond. On Wednesday an autopsy of Reece’s body was performed at the GBI Crime Lab and revealed that Reece had died of strangulation. Ms. Blanton was taken into custody this morning and charged with Murder.
                Blanton remains in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention with no bond.

Development on Jekyll Island hinges on defining marshes

 

 

 

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Spanish Moss hangs from trees around pristine parts of Jekyll Island if developers get their wish and marsh areas are counted as land, then more of the island will be opened for future use.

 

 

By Pam O’Dell

 

Capitol Reporter

The Jekyll Island Authority has asked the Attorney General’s office to weigh in on a task force’s recommendation that marsh not be considered in determining the island’s land base. The land measurement is significant because it determines, according to state law, the amount of development that can occur on the island. 

 

Hence, the determination on whether or not marsh is counted as land pits environmentalists and citizen activists against those who favor greater development on the island.