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Mega Millions jackpot reaches $144M for drawing

 

 

ATLANTA – Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $144 million to a single annuity winner.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since July 1 and has rolled 13 times.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $144 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $85 million.

 

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. 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 $15.5 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Aug. 15, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $144 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $85 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: July 1, 2014

Number of Rolls: 13

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 27, 2014 – $33 million (Texas) 

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

 

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

www.galottery.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com

 

Fugitive captured

From Pickens Sheriff Office

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Timothy Smith, a fugitive sought for the past two weeks, has been captured in Cherokee County. The Pickens Sheriff's Office would like to thank the many concerned citizens for their assistance, Cherokee Sheriff's Office, Jasper Police Department, 911, State Probation, Georgia State Patrol, US Marshall's and many others. 

         Smith was the subject of a search in southwest Pickens after leading deputies on a wild chase and abandoning a truck in the Salacoa Highlands area on August 4.

Mega Millions jackpot rolls to $115M for drawing

 

 

ATLANTA – Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $115 million to a single annuity winner.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since July 1 and has rolled 11 times.

 

Three winners won prizes worth $5,000 from Tuesday’s drawing. Two of the winning tickets were purchased in Suwanee, and the third winning ticket was purchased in McCaysville.

 

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $115 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $68 million.

 

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions for a chance to win big. 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 $15.5 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 1.6 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

 

MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Aug. 8, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $115 million

Annuity AmountJackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $68 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: July 1, 2014

Number of Rolls: 11

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 27, 2014 – $33 million (Texas) 

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million

(3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

 

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

www.galottery.comwww.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com

 

Price at the pumps continues to drop

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Georgia, August 11- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.35/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.47/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

Fire extinguished at Nelson marble plant

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photo by Ralph Dennis

An early Wednesday morning fire was extinguished at the marble plant in Nelson by crews from Cherokee, Pickens and the City of Canton. Some damage was reported to an older building that was not being used but was being renovated. Shown above is the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services ladder truck in action. Tim Prather, from Cherokee County fire, said in all about 40-50 fire fighters were involved.