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.
ATLANTA – Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $100 million to a single annuity winner.
The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since July 1 and has rolled 10 times.
Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $100 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $57 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. 5, 2014
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $100 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $57 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: 10
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)
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Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.39/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/g, according to gasoline price websiteGasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.4 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 18.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 16.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
UPDATED -- The fugitive sought by sheriff’s deputies Monday has likely left the area or is hiding somewhere deep in the rugged woodlands near the lake at Salacoa Highlands, waiting on dark.
Pickens deputies were continued to heavily patrol the roads around the Henderson Mountain area late yesterday but it appears Tim Smith has given them the slip.
Catching a big fish is awesome, how about if the first fish you catch that day is a new state record? Chad Doughty, age 27, of Winder hooked and “battled” the new state record brown trout for about 45 minutes while kayak fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam on July 27. Doughty, using a rooster tail with spinning tackle on 6 lb line, even had to abandon his kayak to “run down” the fish as his spinning reel almost ran out of line.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, this 20 lb, 14 oz, 31 ½” catch beat the existing state record, established in 2001 by 2 lb, 8 oz. A new state record has to be at least one ounce greater.