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Mega Millions serves up $321M; Powerball tops $178M



ATLANTA – Mega Millions and Powerball are posting triple-digit jackpots for its midweek drawings as Georgians continue to rake in large prizes. Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $321 million to a single annuity winner. Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $178 million to a single annuity winner.


Two tickets worth $5,000 were sold in Locust Grove and Winder from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.


The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Aug. 26 and has rolled 20 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $321 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $194 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.


The Powerball jackpot has grown since Sept. 27 and has rolled 11 times.


Two lucky tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Warner Robins and Richmond Hill from Saturday’s Powerball drawing.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $178 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $111 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play.


As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.


Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $15.7 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 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $321 million

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

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $194 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: Aug. 26, 2014

Number of Rolls: 20

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 22, 2014 – $180 million (California) 

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

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



Draw Date: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $178 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $111 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: Sept. 27, 2014
Number of Rolls: 11
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Sept. 24, 2014 – $229 million jackpot (California winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

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


Jasper pharmacist awarded top national honor


Typical Jack Dunn story: The owner of Jasper Drugs and the National Independent Pharmacist of the year is at home on a recent Friday night.

Phone rings about 11 p.m., young mother has a prescription for a medicine and a nebulizer. Several other pharmacies have one or the other, but not both. Jasper Drug has both the medication and the breathing machine. 

Dunn goes to open up late night for one customer.

Another hitch, the woman doesn’t have the money to pay. No problem. When the situation calls for it, Dunn takes pledges for payment the following week – especially when someone’s child is involved.

Gas prices drop to 2010 levels


Georgia, November 3- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.87/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.99/g, according to gasoline price

Ga. Supreme Court rules on murder case appeals

Barrow County case reversed after lower court refused testimony on extramartial affairs in defense




Published Monday, November 3, 2014


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            The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously upheld Jill Adaire Smith’s convictions for murder and arson in the 2010 death of her husband, Michael Smith.

Justice Robert Benham writes for the Court that the evidence in this high-profile Forsyth County case, “was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find appellant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of the crimes for which she was convicted.”

            Michael and Jill Smith married in 2008 and lived on Kennemore Drive in Forsyth County with her young son, Maize Smith. According to prosecutors, sometime around December 2009, Jill began having an affair with Peter Delaney. On Oct. 22, 2010, she invited Delaney to their home for dinner. At about 10:49 that night, Jill called 911 and reported a fire in the home. Four people were present at the time: Mike Smith, who was upstairs in the master bedroom, Maize, who was upstairs in his bedroom, and Jill Smith and Delaney, who were downstairs. Jill told the 911 operator she believed her husband had gone out the back.

Ga. issues Ebola travel policies

More aggressive monitoring procedures will help state manage risks of disease, protect citizens


Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia will increase Ebola monitoring for all in-bound travelers from affected countries.


“We are taking every necessary precaution to ensure that Georgia stands prepared to manage the risks associated with Ebola,” Deal said. “Because Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is one of five points of entry into the United States from affected areas, I have developed, in coordination with my Ebola Response Team, a policy to more aggressively monitor travelers from affected countries, symptomatic or not, and quarantine if need be. We are taking these proactive steps to protect the health of the people of our state, and this new policy is an altogether effective and appropriate response at this time.”


Travelers will be screened at the airport by quarantine station medical personnel. This screening will include measuring temperature and checking for symptoms of Ebola and history of any exposure to known Ebola patients. 


If travelers show symptoms, they will be isolated immediately and transferred to a designated hospital for evaluation. If the travelers show no symptoms, they will be divided into three categories for monitoring. Categories and associated procedures detailed below:


·         Category 1, high risk – Travelers with known direct exposure to an Ebola patient. Travelers in this category will be subject to quarantine at a designated facility.

·         Category 2, low risk – Travelers from affected area with no known exposure to an Ebola patient. Travelers in this category will sign a monitoring agreement with the Georgia Department of Public Health. This agreement requires travelers to conduct temperature and symptom self-checks twice per day and report results to Public Health once per day (electronic, email or phone contact acceptable). Travelers who fail to report during the 21-day incubation period will be contacted by Public Health and issued a mandatory quarantine order if necessary.

·         Category 3 – Medical personnel actively involved in treating Ebola patients returning to the United States. Individuals in this category will be issued a 21-day active monitoring order and will be visually monitored (video communications or home visit) by Public Health twice per day. Public Health will assess for the development of symptoms and adjust restrictions as necessary. Noncompliance will result in quarantine at a state-designated facility. 


The Ebola Response Team held a conference call this afternoon to analyze and endorse this new procedure. It will meet this Wednesday to continue evaluating state preparedness and making necessary recommendations.