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Powerball jackpot climbs to $235M for drawing Wednesday



ATLANTA – Powerball has climbed to a cool $235 million jackpot estimated to a single annuity winner for Wednesday’s drawing.


One winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in West Point from Saturday’s drawing.


The Powerball jackpot began rolling Aug. 5 and has rolled 14 times.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $235 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $148 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play.


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

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.5 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.



Draw Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $235 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $148 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: Aug. 5, 2015
Number of Rolls: 14
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 1, 2015 – $110 million jackpot (California)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)



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Voter Registration Day over, but you can still register online

Atlanta – Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding Georgians that September 22, 2015, is National Voter Registration Day. National Voter Registration Day is a civic event bringing together thousands of organizations, volunteers, and citizens across the nation to raise awareness of voter registration opportunities and register eligible voters in one coordinated effort.

“It is my hope that any eligible Georgia voter will use this day as an opportunity to register to vote and have the chance to cast their ballot in the fast approaching Presidential Preference Primary”, said Kemp.


Execution date set again for Georgia woman

Execution Date Set for Kelly Renee Gissendaner, Convicted of Husband’s Murder

 Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens offers the following information in the case against Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who may begin to be executed at noon on September 29, 2015 for the 1997 murder of her husband Douglas Gissendaner. progress square

 Scheduled Execution

 On September 18, 2015, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County filed an order setting the seven-day window in which the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner may occur to begin at noon, September 29, 2015, and ending seven days later at noon on October 6, 2015. Gissendaner has concluded her direct appeal proceedings and her state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.


Ga.’s unemployment rate declines

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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 5.9 percent. The rate was 6.0 percent in July. It was 7.1 percent in August 2014. 

“This is the first time Georgia’s unemployment rate has dropped below six percent since May 2008,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The rate declined as our employers laid off the fewest workers for any month in more than 15 years and continued to create jobs.”  

The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, declined by 9,152 or 25.8 percent, to 26,335 in August, the fewest since 25,014 new claims were filed in May 2000. Most of the decrease in August was due to a decline in temporary claims filed in manufacturing and administrative and support services, which includes temporary employment agencies. 

And, over the year, claims were down by 4,787, or 15.4 percent, from 31,122 filed in August 2014. The decline came mostly in manufacturing. 

The number of jobs in Georgia increased to 4,260,300 in August, up by 2,200, or 0.1 percent, from July. The growth came mainly in the construction industry, which added 2,400 jobs. Other industries that gained jobs were finance and insurance, 1,300; education and health services, 800; other services, such as repair and maintenance, 800; leisure and hospitality, 600; and information services, 500. 

The job gains were offset somewhat by losses in government, 2,500; professional, scientific and technical services, 2,200; manufacturing, 1,100; and trade, transportation and warehousing, 400. 

However, over-the-year, the number of jobs in Georgia grew by 2.0 percent, from 4,177,100 in August 2014. The national job-growth rate was 2.1 percent. Most of the job growth in Georgia came in trade, transportation and warehousing, 29,800; professional and business services, 19,100; leisure and hospitality, 18,900; education and health services, 14,100; finance and insurance, 4,900; construction, 2,200; manufacturing, 1,700; and information services, 1,200. Government lost 7,100 jobs.     

Georgia’s continuing job growth increases the existing demand for skilled workers. The Georgia Department of Economic Development recently announced that it has received a $3 million federal grant to help address the skills-shortage issue. The grant will fund work-based training programs for 30 companies throughout Georgia who are committed to hiring 400 apprentices. 

“We see that as the beginning of work that we’re going to be able to do with small, medium and large companies around the state to help them build apprenticeships and other work-based programs to fill hard-to-fill and hard-to-train positions,” said Ben Hames, deputy commissioner of the Workforce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Hames said more information will soon be released about Georgia Worksmart, a new program which will help companies launch apprenticeship programs.   

Butler encouraged job seekers to utilize the GDOL’s new job listing service, EmployGeorgia, where employers posted 75,207 jobs throughout the state in August. Visit to learn more about EmployGeorgia and to post or search for jobs. 

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