"The GA Lottery – the USA Lottery Company from the State of Georgia"
The Georgia State Lottery was first formed in November 1992 and is run by the Georgia Lottery Corporation – GLC – which is, in turn, overseen by the State Government of Georgia.
The primary aim of the Georgia State Lottery right from the very beginning was to help with the funding of education within the State – with one third of all the money raised by selling its lotto tickets going towards this very worthy cause and half going towards GA Lottery prize money.
The Georgia Lottery is based in Atlanta, GA and money from its education allocation helps to fund the HOPE Scholarship.
The Georgia State Lottery sells lottery tickets from its 7,800 GA Lottery retailers throughout the state and has 9 district offices based in Atlanta (2), Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Duluth, Macon, Savannah and Tifton.
The GA Lottery also plays host to one of the biggest lottery games in the world – the huge US Multi State Lottery – Mega Millions – with draws taking place every Tuesday and Friday evening from the Georgia Lottery Headquarters in Atlanta.
We will be looking at the various GA Lottery games below – how these games work and who can play them – as well as delving into some of the rich history of the Georgia Lottery Corporation.
We will first of all take a look at these Multi-State USA Lottery games – that the GA Lottery offers in conjunction with the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association and Mega Millions Consortium – and later move on to other games that the GA Lottery offers.
Currently – the games offered by the Georgia State Lottery that it is possible for players from anywhere around the world to easily buy lottery tickets online for are these two huge USA Lottery games – the Mega Millions and its rival the Powerball.
Other games offered by the Georgia Lottery that can be played in-state only are mentioned further down the page – if any of these GA Lottery games become available to a wider audience at a later date – we will be sure to write about them here.
The Mega Millions is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run and operated by the Mega Millions Consortium – who administer and syndicate the game across the USA and is one of the largest lottery games in the world – having produced a massive world record jackpot of an incredible US$ 656 MILLION on March 30th 2012. This record jackpot was shared equally between 3 Mega Millions winners from Illinois, Maryland and Kansas.
The very first Mega Millions draw took place on May 17th 2002 with 6 USA Lottery companies taking part who were all members of the Mega Millions Consortium.
The game had changed its name and format from the Big Game which had started on August 31st 1996. Upon this change – 2 further State Lotteries joined and many more were to follow.
The Georgia Lottery is 1 of 45 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Mega Millions game – in this case the Georgia Lottery Mega Millions – as part of its overall portfolio.
The Georgia Mega Millions was first sold on May 17th 2002 taking part in the very first Mega Millions draw – since the GA Lottery had already been a member of the Big Game Consortium since its outset on August 31st 1996 – selling the Mega Millions GA predecessor – the Big Game.
The GA Lottery Mega Millions works in the same way as the Mega Millions game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer the game.
Jackpots start off at US$ 15 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some enormous jackpots that can be won on the Georgia Lottery Mega Millions.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Mega Millions Georgia – from 2 separate drawing machines – firstly 5 numbers from 75 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the MEGAball) which is drawn from 15 gold balls.
Draws for the GA Lottery Mega Millions take place twice every week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00pm EST.
Many USA Lottery companies that offer the Mega Millions game also offer the option of playing using a MEGAPLIER multiplier.
This is where in addition to the 6 Mega Millions numbers drawn – a Random Number Generator draws a further number...the Mega Millions MEGAPLIER number…
This separate MEGAPLIER multiplier number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4 or 5 – and is there to give players of the Mega Millions a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the MegaMillions jackpot itself.
MEGAPLIER enables players to multiply their winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount they can walk away with.
If a player matches the 5 main Mega Millions numbers, for example, whilst playing with the MEGAPLIER add-on – and a MEGAPLIER number of 5 is drawn – the second tier Mega Millions prize of US$ 1 MILLION would be multiplied by 5x and they would win US$ 5 MILLION.
A great improvement to the MEGAPLIER facility occurred on October 19th 2013.
With the Georgia Lottery Mega Millions being drawn every week on both Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.00 pm EST there are numerous ways you can check the Mega Millions winning numbers.
You can find the latest Georgia Mega Millions Results at all GA Lottery retailers, on select radio stations, in select newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also look up previous GA Mega Millions Results.
The Georgia Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers will also be displayed on the official Lottery GA website – galottery.com – and are broadcast after each draw on the following TV Channels:
WSB Channel 2 in Atlanta
WJBF Channel 6 in Augusta
WMAZ Channel 13 in Macon
WSAV Channel 3 in Savannah
WRBL Channel 3 in Columbus
WNEG Channel 32 in Toccoa
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this GA Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the Georgia Mega Millions.
Odds range from 1 in 258.89 million for correctly matching all the Georgia Lottery Mega Millions winning numbers down to 1 in 21 for matching just 1 number correctly.
Overall odds of winning any prize on the GA Mega Millions are just 1 in 15.
See the Mega Millions Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Georgia Mega Millions page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
Powerball is a Multi-State USA Lottery that is run & syndicated across the USA by the MUSL – Multi State Lottery Association – and is one of the largest lottery games in the world having produced a record jackpot of an incredible US$ 590.5 Million. This huge sum is the 2nd largest lottery jackpot ever won to date in lottery history and is the biggest to have been won so far on a single lottery ticket.
The very first Powerball draw took place on April 22nd 1992 with 16 USA Lottery companies – who were all members of the MUSL – taking part after the game changed its format and name from Lotto America which had first begun on February 13th 1988.
The Georgia Lottery is 1 of 45 US State Lotteries & District Lotteries that offer the Powerball game – in this particular case the GA Powerball – as part of its overall portfolio of lottery games.
The GA Powerball was first sold on January 31st 2010 when the Mega Millions consortium – of which the GA Lottery is a member – entered into a cross-selling agreement with the MUSL – allowing the sales of Powerball in Mega Millions states and Mega Millions in Powerball states.
The Georgia Powerball works in the same way as the Powerball game works in all the States and Districts in the US that offer it.
Jackpots start off at US$ 40 MILLION and ROLLOVER after each draw when the top prize is not won – making for some huge jackpot figures.
6 numbers are drawn in total for the Georgia Lottery Powerball game from 2 separate drawing machines – first of all 5 numbers from 59 white balls are drawn followed by 1 number (the POWERball) from 35 red balls.
Draws for the Georgia Lottery Powerball take place twice every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59pm EST.
In addition to the 6 main Powerball numbers drawn – a further number is drawn – using a Random Number Generator…the Powerball POWER PLAY number…
This separate Powerball POWERPLAY number drawn will be either 2, 3, 4, 5 and occasionally number 10 – and is there to give players of the GA Powerball a chance to increase their winnings on all levels of the prize structure apart from the Georgia Powerball jackpot itself.
With Power Ball POWER PLAY – you multiply your winnings on these levels by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x – greatly increasing the amount you can walk away with.
During special promotions – the Powerball POWER PLAY multiplier will be 10x – allowing GA Lottery players to increase their Powerball Georgia winnings by an incredible 10 times!
With the Georgia Lottery Powerball being drawn every week on both Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10.59 pm EST there are various ways you can check the Powerball winning numbers.
You can find the latest Georgia Powerball Results at all Georgia State Lottery retailers, on select radio stations, in select newspapers and here online at Global Lottery Review where you can also look up previous GA Powerball Results.
The Georgia Lottery Powerball winning numbers will also be published on galottery.com – the GALottery official website – and are broadcast LIVE after the draws on the following TV Channels:
WSB Channel 2 in Atlanta
WJBF Channel 6 in Augusta
WMAZ Channel 13 in Macon
WSAV Channel 3 in Savannah
WRBL Channel 3 in Columbus
WNEG Channel 32 in Toccoa
There are 9 separate ways that you can win on this Georgia State Lottery game providing a great chance to win something on the Georgia Powerball.
Odds range from 1 in 175.22 million for correctly matching all the Georgia Lottery Powerball winning numbers right down to 1 in 55 for matching just 1 number correctly.
The overall odds of you winning any prize on the GA Powerball are just 1 in 31.85.
See the Powerball Odds and Prizes calculation table on the separate Georgia Powerball page for a complete list of odds and prizes for this game.
In addition to the Georgia Lottery Mega Millions and Powerball games which can be played from anywhere in the world – the GA Lottery also offers various other lotto games which can be played just within Georgia itself – like Fantasy 5, Cash 3, Cash 4 and Win For Life. Other games include Keno!, Lucky Dough, plus Deal Or No Deal and numerous GALottery Instant games.
In the past – you would have had to buy your lottery ticket in the state of Georgia itself to take part in any of the Georgia State Lottery games – including the Georgia Lottery Mega Millions and Powerball.
These days though – you can play the Mega Millions Online and the Powerball Online from anywhere in the world due to the presence of accredited and fully authorized online lottery ticket sales companies like TheLotter.com – allowing you to play wherever you’re based.
So if you live outside of Georgia or the US but wish to play either the Powerball or Mega Millions this is simple to do using the right lottery ticket sales companies where you can quickly and easily buy lottery tickets online – and save yourself a fair amount of time too – allowing you to play no matter where you live.
The Georgia Lottery Corporation requires all players to be at least 18 years of age before purchasing any GA Lottery tickets including tickets for the Georgia Mega Millions and GA Powerball.
If you have won either a Georgia Lottery Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot – you will be able to claim your prize as either a cash lump sum or as an annuity payment – you will need to make this choice within 60 days of the date of your claim.
If you choose the annuity option – your winnings will be paid to you annually in 30 instalments over a 29 year period for either the Georgia Mega Millions or the Georgia Powerball.
For all GA Lottery online prizes you will have 180 days from the date of the draw to make your claim before your GA Lottery ticket will expire – for Instant prizes you will have 90 days from the end of game date.
If your win on the Georgia Lottery is up to US$ 600 – you will be able to claim your winnings at any of the Georgia Lottery retailers, by mail or from one of the Georgia State Lottery district offices at Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Duluth, Macon, Savannah or Tifton.
If you’ve had a win of more than US$ 600 (except jackpot prizes) on the Georgia State Lottery – you will be able to claim your prize by going to any of the GA Lottery district offices or from the GA Lottery Headquarters in Atlanta.
If you have won a Georgia Mega Millions or Powerball Jackpot – you can claim your prize from the GALottery HQ in Atlanta.
These details are all taken care for you if you play lottery online with one of the trusted and genuine online lottery ticket sale companies such as TheLotter as it is their job to make your transaction a seamless process – collecting your winnings and sending them directly to you.
Support for a State Lottery in Georgia was first announced in January by the then Lt.Governor – Zell Miller.
In February the question of whether to institute a lottery in Georgia was first put to the voters in the state.
In November – the Georgia State Lottery was formed having been approved by voters to help with the funding of education with the state. The Georgia Lottery Corporation (GLC) was created by the Lottery for Education Act to run and organize the GA Lottery.
In February – Rebecca Paul was taken on as President to run the Georgia Lottery Corporation. Rebecca had previously started the Florida Lottery and was later to run the Tennessee Lottery in 2004.
June 29th saw the very first sales of Georgia State Lottery tickets – those early games being Instant Cash and Georgia Millionaire.
On August 10th the GA Lottery introduced the twice daily game Cash 3.
On November 14th the Georgia State Lottery introduces the daily Fantasy 5.
On July 1st the Georgia Lottery Corporation became the 20th state to join the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association and began selling Powerball tickets throughout Georgia.
August 31st saw the GA Lottery leave the Powerball Lottery and join The Big Game (which later became the Mega Millions).
On September 6th the very first Mega Millions draw took place with the Georgia State Lottery being among the original 6 states participating – along with the Illinois Lottery, Maryland Lottery, Massachusetts Lottery, Michigan Lottery and Virginia Lottery.
April 6th saw the GA Lottery introduce a new twice daily game – Cash 4.
On November 12th the Georgia Lottery introduces Lotto South – a game born from the merger of 3 smaller jackpot games – its own Lotto Georgia plus games from Kentucky and Virginia.
A Multi-State jackpot was won on the GA Lottery Big Game when Erika Greene scooped a massive US$ 58 Million on April 16th.
In May the Big Game was renamed Mega Millions.
On September 8th the Georgia Lottery Corporation accepted the resignation of its President Rebecca Paul who would leave to start the Tennessee Lottery.
A new President of the Georgia State Lottery was named on December 18th – Margaret DeFrancisco – who for four years had been heading and running the New York Lottery.
The Lotto South recorded its record jackpot which was won on December 31st at US$ 27 Million.
The Lotto South game was retired with its final draw taking place on February 25th.
The Lotto South was replaced with the Win For Life game where players who matched all 6 numbers in Georgia, Kentucky or Virginia could win US$ 1,000 a week for life.
On September 15th Ben Chason from Bainbridge, Georgia won a cool US$ 163 Million on the Georgia Lottery Mega Millions – this ranked as the 3rd largest GA Mega Millions jackpot won to date.
March 6th saw the biggest ever lottery jackpot prize in the world won when an incredible US$ 390 Million was claimed by 2 lucky Mega Millions winners – 1 from Georgia and 1 from New Jersey. The Georgia Lottery Mega Millions share was US$ 195 Million which was won by Eddie Eugene Nabors from Rocky Face, GA. This is the second largest Georgia Lottery Mega Millions win to date and the Mega Millions winning numbers for the draw were 16, 22, 29, 39, 42 and the MEGA Ball was 20.
The largest ever win on the Georgia Mega Millions occurred when Robert Harris – an ironworker from Portal – won a whopping US$ 275 Million on February 22nd. This is not only the biggest Mega Millions jackpot to be won with the GA Lottery but is also the largest ever win to date in any GA Lottery game.
On October 9th an historic agreement was resched between the Mega Millions Consortium and the MUSL – Multi-State Lottery Association – to allow the sales of Mega Millions Tickets within states that offered the Powerball game and the sales of Powerball tickets within states that offered the Mega Millions game.
On April 3rd Francis Crouch from Norcoss became the first winner of a GA Lottery Powerball second prize worth US$ 200,000 by matching the first 5 Powerball winning numbers.
The biggest Fantasy 5 jackpot won to date was US$ 1.89 Million won by 5 lucky winners on May 31st.
Proceeds from the GA Lottery go towards funding education within the state of Georgia – including the HOPE Scholarship and the Pre-K program – with the GA Lottery subsequently becoming a successful role model for numerous other USA Lottery companies such as the South Carolina Education Lottery and the Tennessee Education Lottery.
To date – more than US$ 11.7 Billion has been raised for students by the Georgia State Lottery meaning that over 1.2 million students were able to attend college on HOPE Scholarships.
HOPE stands for Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally
and the HOPE Scholarship Program helps students within Georgia attend
college or university by providing tuition, fees and book allowances.
Also, over 1 million 4 year olds were able to commence their education early with the Pre-K program.
To date, more than US$ 4 Billion has been raised by the Georgia Lottery Corporation for the Pre-K program which provides high quality pre-school experiences for 4 year old children prior to them attending kindergarten.
All of these funds raised by the Georgia Lottery Corporation are distributed and allocated to the various projects by the Governor and General Assembly.
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