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Mega Millions powers up $400M jackpot for Tuesday

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An estimated $400 million jackpot to a single annuity winner is slated for Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot as players in Georgia continue to pick up large prizes.

The Mega Millions jackpot began rolling Jan. 7 and has rolled 20 times.

Five lucky tickets worth $5,000 were purchased in Tallapoosa, Newnan, Atlanta, Lavonia and Albany from the March 14 drawing.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $400 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $224 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: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Estimated Jackpot Amount
: $400 million
Annuity Amount
: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments
Cash Option Amount:
Approximately $224 million
Cost to Play:
$1 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Mealier
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:
20
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)

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

www.galottery.com, www.lotterybenefitsgeorgians.com and www.megamillions.com 

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