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Close to $300M up for grabs this weekend

From the Georgia Lottery

As the holidays near and sugar plum fairies jig, massive jackpots from Mega Millions and Powerball will add to this weekend's magical moments.

Friday's $173 million Mega Millions jackpot is especially green, while Saturday's $125 million Powerball jackpot is merry and bright.

Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing produced four $10,000 winners with tickets purchased in Midland, Columbus, Marietta and Warner Robins. One player, Eddie Hall of Leesburg, won $250,000 in Tuesday's drawing with his ticket purchased at Lee Pub, 1561 U.S. Highway 195, Leesburg.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Nov. 4, rolling 14 times. Powerball has rolled nine times since Nov. 23.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions and Powerball for a chance to unwrap an enchanted jubilee. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier and Power Play options for an additional $1 per play.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: approximately $6.6 million a year for 26 years with the annuity option, or a single payment worth approximately $129 million with the cash option.

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $80 million.

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 $12.9 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 1.4 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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