The Georgia Lottery Corp. said Friday Powerball has been added to its arsenal of games, with tickets going on sale Sunday and the first drawing on Feb. 3.
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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