• Mega Millions jackpot swells to $216M Friday

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    ATLANTA - Friday’s Mega Millions drawing marks an estimated $216 million jackpot to a single annuity winner.

     

    The Mega Millions jackpot began rolling Jan. 7 and has rolled 15 times.

     

    Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $216 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $119 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 $15 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.

     

    MEGA MILLIONS

    Draw Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

    Estimated Jackpot Amount: $216 million

    Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments

    Cash Option Amount: Approximately $119 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: Jan. 7, 2014

    Number of Rolls: 15

    Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: Jan. 3, 2014 - $61 million (Tennessee winner)

    #1 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 - $656 million (Maryland, Illinois and Kansas winners)

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