VILLA RICA, GA — Twenty people who bought Mega Millions tickets in Georgia are waking up $10,000 richer today! Officials with the Georgia Lottery reported 20 tickets worth $10,000 each were sold in Georgia, one in Villa Rica.
The winning tickets were sold in the following locations: Athens, Atlanta (2), Buford, Conyers, Fort Valley, Hinesville, Kennesaw, LaGrange, Marietta (2), Pooler, Rising Fawn, Sandy Springs, Savannah, Tallapoosa (2), Trenton, Villa Rica and Warner Robins.
Continuing its record run, Tuesday’s $1.6 billion jackpot was the largest in U.S. history. The Mega Millions one-time cash was $904 million.
The winning Mega Millions jackpot numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 23, are: 28, 70, 05, 62, 65 and the Megaball of 05.
20 $10,000 winners in Tuesday’s #MegaMillions drawing! The tickets were sold in Athens, Atlanta (2), Buford, Conyers, Fort Valley, Hinesville, Kennesaw, LaGrange, Marietta (2), Pooler, Rising Fawn, Sandy Springs, Savanah, Tallapoosa (2), Trenton, Villa Rica and Warner Robins! pic.twitter.com/cdWofWdYzB— Georgia Lottery (@GeorgiaLottery) October 24, 2018
How To Play Mega Millions
Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. For an additional $1 per play, Mega Millions players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option. Mega Millions also offers an optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot that allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game’s jackpot prize only.
Mega Millions and Powerball tickets can be purchased at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide. Georgia residents also can purchase tickets via the Georgia Lottery app or online at www.galottery.com.
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 $19.8 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 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.
MEGA MILLIONS FAST FACTS
Draw Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018Estimated Jackpot Amount: $1.6 billionAnnuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated paymentsCash Option Amount: Approximately $904 millionCost to Play: $2 per play; additional $1 per play for Megaplier; $3 for Just the JackpotDrawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and FridayOverall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:302 millionDate Jackpot Began Rolling: July 27, 2018Number of Rolls: 25Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: July 24, 2018 – $543 million (California)#1 Mega Millions Jackpot: current jackpot#2 Mega Millions Jackpot: March 30, 2012 – $656 million (Illinois, Kansas and Maryland)
For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., Mega Millions and Powerball, visit:
www.galottery.com, www.megamillions.com and www.powerball.com
Buy your Georgia Mega Millions tickets here.
Claiming, Safeguarding Winnings
So, what should you do if you are lucky enough to claim the Mega Millions jackpot? Many lottery winners hire an attorney, financial planner or both, since most people don’t exactly know what to do when they suddenly come into so much money. Some even bring their lawyer with them to claim their prize. The lottery does not offer any counseling services or financial advice for winners.
You have two choices when you claim your prize: the full value paid in 30 installments over 29 years, or a one-time lump sum that is smaller than the actual total. Then there are the taxes. The federal tax on lottery winnings is 25 percent. Then, any extra income taxes like state or city would apply.
Financial experts say that if you can get more than a 3 or 4 percent return on an investment, the lump sum is actually the best way to go in the long-term.
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