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Gas prices holding steady


Georgia, September 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.48/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 31.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 2.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has not moved  during the last month and stands 22.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Weekend jackpots accelerate: Mega Millions $95M, Powerball $203M


ATLANTA – The accelerating Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are creating excitement across Georgia.


Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $95 million to a single annuity winner.


The jackpot has grown since July 30 and has rolled 10 times.


Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $3.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $64 million with the cash option.


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.


Saturday’s estimated Powerball jackpot for a single annuity winner is $203 million.


The jackpot has grown since Aug. 10 and has rolled eight times.


Four Georgia Lottery players have won large prizes playing Powerball from the Sept. 4 drawing. Winning tickets worth $10,000 were sold in Doraville, Scottdale, Claxton and Flowery Branch.


Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $203 million annuity prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $115 million.


Powerball tickets are $2 per play. Players can add the Power Play feature for an additional $1 per play to increase non-jackpot prize winnings.


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 $14.6 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 1.2 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.




Draw Date: Friday, September 6, 2013

Draw Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $95 million

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $203 million

Annuity Amount: Approximately $3.6 million a year for 26 years

Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $64million

Cash Option Amount: Approximately $115million

Cost to Play: $1 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier

Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize:Approximately 1:40

Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize:Approximately 1:32

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize:Approximately 1:175 million

Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize:Approximately 1:175 million

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: July 30, 2013

Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Aug. 10, 2013

Number of Rolls: 10

Number of Rolls: 8

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: July 26, 2013 – $19 million jackpot (New Jersey winner) 

Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Aug. 7, 2013 - $488 million jackpot

(1 Minnesota winner; 2 New Jersey winners)

#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (3 winning tickets – Illinois, Kansas and Maryland – $218.6 million each)

#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:


City elections coming up in Talking Rock and Nelson

No contested races in Jasper


            Talking Rock will see a number of candidates vying for mayor and town council seats in the upcoming November 5 election; Nelson will see three candidates campaigning for two council seats; but Jasper won’t see any contested elections.

            Incumbent Peter Q. Cagle Jr. will run against Carol Opdenhoff for Talking Rock’s mayor while incumbent council member Angelia Payne will run again Terri Jordan for the Post 1 seat.                

     Post 2 incumbent Lynda Cagle will run to keep her seat against Cheryl Sams and incumbent in Post 5, Randall Payne, will run against Jessica Quinton Wells. Post 3 and 4 seats will go uncontested as incumbents Charles Opdenhoff and Espey Smith were the only ones to qualify.

Endangered species: Georgia’s rural hospitals

State’s delay in ACA implementation may cost hospitals, says health care think tank




By Pam O’Dell
Capitol Reporter

    Grave uncertainty plagues Jimmy Lewis as he hurriedly visits hospital administrators in rural Georgia, particularly those in south Georgia among the state’s poorest areas. CEO of Home Town Health, (a management consulting and advocacy group for rural hospitals) Lewis is on a mission to prevent the closure of more hospitals.

Reinhardt fielding first football team



    Quarterback Ryan Thompson gets tackled during a scrimmage.

By Eileen Steinhauer,
Progress Contributor
    Sure, you can catch a college football game on TV every Saturday throughout the fall. But now you can watch a live college football game practically in your backyard because Reinhardt University in Waleska is fielding its first football team this season.