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How and where to play Mega Millions in Georgia

The Mega Millions jackpot has reached an all-time high. It has jumped to $1.6 billion.

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According to the Mega Millions website, no one matched all six numbers. The numbers drawn Friday night were 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega ball was 7.

The winnings have has rolled over 27 times since July 27, and there’s still a chance to win.

Here’s what you need to know.

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How to play in Georgia?

Tickets cost $2 per play and can be purchased at various retailers throughout the state, including at gas stations and supermarkets. All players must sign and print their name on the back of their lottery ticket right after purchase to guarantee they are the rightful owner of any prizes won. 

Players can pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25. If you don’t want to select your own numbers, just choose the easy pick/quick pick option for a computerized ticket.

What can I win?

Although the ultimate goal is to take home the jackpot prize, you can still snag some money without the total prize. In fact, there are total of nine ways to win, according to the Mega Millions site

Take a look below. 

  • Match 5 + 1 to win the jackpot
  • Match 5 + 0 to win $1 million 
  • Match 4 + 1 to win $10,000 
  • Match 4 + 0 to win $500 
  • Match 3 + 1 to win $200 
  • Match 3 + 0 to win $10 
  • Match 2 + 1 to win $10 
  • Match 1 + 1 to win $4
  • Match 0 + 1 to win back your $2 

How do I find out if I’ve won?

The next drawing is Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

What do I do if I win?

Prizes $600 or less can be claimed at any Georgia Lottery retailer, Georgia Lottery office or by mail, according to Georgia Lottery

Prizes over $600 must be claimed at Georgia Lottery Headquarters or any Georgia Lottery district office or mailed to the Georgia Lottery for payment. Winners of prizes $600 or more must also fill out a claim form and present two forms of valid identification. Winners are generally paid the same day as the claim date or within one to 10 business days, depending on the prize.

Additionally, you have two options for claiming your prize, according to Mega Millions.

Annuity option: The Mega Millions annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5 percent bigger than the previous one to help protect winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power in periods of inflation.

Cash option: The cash option is paid as a one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

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