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Powerball reaches over $250M for Wednesday’s drawing


An estimated $257M is up for grabs to a single annuity winner

ATLANTA – The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing has topped an estimated $257 million to a single annuity winner. The Powerball jackpot has grown since April 26 and has rolled 13 times.


A winning ticket worth $10,000 was sold in Marietta from Saturday’s drawing.


Powerball offers two payment options: the $257 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $151 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 $15.3 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.



Draw Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $257 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $151 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: April 26, 2014
Number of Rolls: 13
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: April 23, 2014 – $148.8 million jackpot (Florida winner)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: May 18, 2013 – $590.5 million jackpot (Florida winner)

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


Gas prices "calm" as summer comes on


Georgia, June 9- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.63/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Georgia during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 10.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 0.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 0.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 

New principals hired at PHS, JMS


     Dr. Chris LeMieux and Pickens County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lula Mae Perry.

By Eileen Steinhauer

Progress contributor

     At this morning’s called board of education meeting it was announced that Dr. Chris LeMieux - current Principal of Pickens County Middle School - will be the next principal of Pickens High

"Play On!" plays on at Tater Patch theater


Cathy Simmons gives direction to her cast during a rehearsal of Murder Most Foul.
L-R: Chris Kirkland,  Dezerea Brown, Simmons and Steve Lewis.

By Pat Jewell
Tater Patch Players
     Calling all theater goers and thespians! Play On! is for you and your family, friends and neighbors. Come and enjoy this play about a play and laugh at the problems, situations and frustrations faced by a troupe as it prepares for a show.   

Safety Day this Saturday, June 7


By Ralph O. Dennis
Nelson Correspondent
    On June 7, the City of Nelson will host the biggest event to come to town in many years. Nelson Police Department and E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 F&AM will join forces. They are co-sponsoring the first ever Public Safety Day. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
    During this event, law enforcement agencies, fire agencies, the American Red Cross and the Lodge will have many activities going on. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office will be sending their Command Center and Bear Cat. Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will have several units and their auxiliary will have a display of the “Gator” that they are having a raffle for. Cherokee County Fire Department will have a ladder truck and their child safety unit. Jasper Police Department will have their Humvee on display.
    The American Red Cross in conjunction with the Lodge will have a blood drive. To schedule a time to donate a lifesaving unit, please call 770-757-0689. The Red Cross will also send their Disaster Preparedness Unit.
    The Lodge will host a GAChIP event. This is a free child Identification Program. Each kit contains a printed information sheet with the data of the child, a CD with four pictures of the child, an interview for a voice print and digital fingerprints. The kit also includes a DNA swab. This activity will be in the Lodge building.
    The Nelson Police Department will have their vehicles on display and their new reserve officer there. The department will have free T-shirts and backpacks for the youngsters.
    E.W. Hightower Lodge #679 will also have a BBQ fundraiser that day. Your choice of chicken or pulled pork with beans, slaw, bread and a drink for a donation of $7.
    (If you donate blood, you will be given a discount for your meal). The Lodge will also have water and soft drinks available. A bounce house will also be available for the kids for a donation.