Mega Millions is bringing holiday cheer as the jackpot continues to roll with an estimated $257 million to a single annuity winner for Tuesday’s drawing.
The jackpot began rolling Oct. 4 and has rolled 17 times.
Two winning tickets worth $5,000 were sold in Rising Fawn and Atlanta from the Nov. 29 drawing.
Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $257 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $139 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 $14.8 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: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Estimated Jackpot Amount: $257 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $139 million
Cost to Play: $1 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Megaplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:14
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:259 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Oct. 4, 2013
Number of Rolls: 17
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Oct. 1, 2013 - $189 million (Maryland winner)
#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 - $656 million (Maryland, Illinois and Kansas winners)