Georgia Lottery adds Powerball to lineup

Georgia Lottery Corp. President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco said at a Friday news conference held under a lottery billboard in Buckhead that the new game will “provide our players with more chances to win large jackpots and to yield new revenue for lottery-funded HOPE Scholarships and pre-k.”

De Francisco said adding Powerball as a big jackpot game to the lineup that already includes Mega Millions will keep players in Georgia who have been driving to South Carolina to buy Powerball tickets.

Powerball tickets are $1 per play, and the drawings are on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Drawings for Mega Millions, which also is $1 a ticket, will continue to be held on Tuesdays and Fridays, meaning the state’s lottery players have four potential gigantic paydays a week, instead of just two.

Georgia Lottery Corp. announced last week record profits for the first half of the fiscal year.  The profit of $429.7 million surpassed the previous record set last fiscal year by more than $8.49 million.

All proceeds from Powerball and the other Georgia Lottery games go to fund education in the state.

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