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Georgia Lottery has big jackpots this weekend; Mega bolts to $224M, Powerball hits $125M

ATLANTA - Jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball have continued to roll with high multi-million dollar prizes up for grabs this weekend.

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $224 million to a single annuity winner. The jackpot has grown since Aug. 26 and has rolled 17 times.

One winning ticket worth $5,000 was sold in Mableton from Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $224 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $137 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.

Saturday's Powerball jackpot is at an estimated $125 million to a single annuity winner.

The Powerball jackpot has grown since Sept. 27 and has rolled eight times.

Powerball offers two payment options: the $125 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $79 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

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 $15.7 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 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntarpre-Kindergartenen program.

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