Corbin said an average of $3 million per day goes toward education. With the extra excitement, tonight’s jackpot should guarantee about $5 million.
“We’re absolutely thrilled here,” she said.
Georgia Lottery officials touted collecting a total of about $4.28 billion from ticket sales during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended on June 30.
Proceeds are divided among four basic cost centers. For example in 2017, winnings paid back to players took $2.737.5 billion; HOPE college scholarships and Pre-K education got $1.101 billion; retailers were paid $269 million; and gaming operations and expenses cost $178.6 million.
It's the first billion-dollar jackpot for Mega Millions and the second ever, behind Powerball hitting the milestone in 2016. The previous Mega Millions record was $656 million. One ticket won for about $522 million on July 24, the last time someone matched the five Mega Millions numbers and the Megaball number. That means the jackpot has increased 26 times since it was last won.
The Powerball jackpot currently is $470 million. It was last won on Aug. 15, with the jackpot steadily increasing over 20 drawings.
Corbin said should no one win, the jackpot would continue to rise for another drawing Tuesday.