• Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots worth nearly $650M combined

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    ATLANTA - If you were to claim the the Powerball jackpot tonight and the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday night, you’d win more than $600 million!

    The Mega Millions jackpot has reached $290 million and the Powerball jackpot has reached an estimated $348 million.

    Remember, you can watch the Mega Millions drawing every Tuesday and Friday, and the Powerball drawing every Wednesday and Saturday, LIVE on Channel 2. The drawings are immediately followed by The Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11

    The Mega Millions jackpot has rolled 17 times since it began growing on Jan. 9.

    Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $290 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $172 million.

    Powerball has rolled 16 times since it began growing on Jan. 10.

    Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $348 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $207 million.

    Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 per play and can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers.

    Georgia residents also can purchase tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or here.

    Mega Millions players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

    Mega Millions also offers a new optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot that allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.

    Powerball players can multiply prizes with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

    MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS

    • Draw Date: Friday
    • Estimated Jackpot Amount: $290M
    • Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments
    • Cash Option Amount: Approximately $172 million
    • Cost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier; $3 for Just the Jackpot
    • Drawings: 11 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday on Channel 2
    • Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24
    • Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:302 million
    • Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Jan. 9, 2018
    • Number of Rolls: 17
    • Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Jan. 5, 2018 – $451 million (Florida)  
    • No. 1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland)

    POWERBALL FAST FACTS

    • Draw Date: Wednesday
    • Estimated Jackpot Amount: $348M
    • Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
    • Cash Option Amount: Approximately $207 million
    • Cost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
    • Drawings: 11 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday on Channel 2
    • Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24.87
    • Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 million
    • Date Jackpot Began Rolling: Jan. 10, 2018
    • Number of Rolls: 16
    • Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Jan. 6, 2018 – $560 million jackpot (New Hampshire)
    • No. 1 Powerball Jackpot: Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (California, Florida and Tennessee)

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