Since 1993, the Georgia Lottery has been growing in popularity, not just in the state, but in the country and internationally. 52 Million tickets were sold in the first week, and these numbers have just skyrocketed since then. Most of the profits go towards education and the Georgia Lottery is one of the only states to achieve a profit each year since it opened its doors.
If you think that is impressive, then just wait until you see the games that you can play for instant winnings and multi-million dollar payouts.
The Big Games
Georgia has been working with some of the biggest US-based lotteries including Mega Millions and Powerball for almost 20 years. Players can enter into these draws through an online concierge service, while locals can buy on the Georgia Lottery website.
In Georgia, you can play Mega Millions on a Tuesday and Thursday with an additional Megaplier option. This means that you can pay an extra $1 for the ticket and receive winnings that are literally doubled.
One of the biggest lottery payouts in history, was awarded in part, to a Georgia woman. Ira Curry of Stone Mountain took home half of the $648 million jackpot in 2013. Completely in shock, Ira had to confirm with her daughter multiple times to believe that she was holding a winning ticket.
Fantasy 5 is an immensely popular daily game in Georgia. By choosing 5 numbers between 1 and 39, players can win thousands of dollars in a single game. Prizes are awarded to players who can match 2 and more numbers.
Similarily, the Georgia 5 has guaranteed prize payments of $10 000 twice a day, and all you need to do is match 5 numbers in exact order to those drawn. This is the ultimate challenge with a 1 in 100 000 chance of hitting the exact numbers.
Keno is played every 4 minutes, making this an extremely quick thinking and playing game. In this game, you need to select 10 numbers between 1 and 80. You could win up to $100 000 in a single game.
The Georgia Lottery has many instant game options, including the $1000 a week for life game. This popular scratch card can ensure that you receive $1000 a week for 20 years! The overall odds of winning this game are 1 in 4.
How to claim your winnings
In Georgia, you must claim your winnings within 180 days and if you are a winner of under $600, you can claim your money at any lottery retailer in the state or you can send through your ticket to the lottery itself via mail.
Amounts of $600 and more, will need to be claimed at a district office.
International players will be able to claim their money via their concierge service. The concierge will deposit money into your account with them, but bigger jackpots will need to be collected at the lottery office.
Georgia takes taxes to the next level by deducting any outstanding child support payments for prizes over $2,500 and student loans for prizes over $5000. Georgia Lottery applies state (6%) and federal (25%) withholding tax.