Bainbridge residents buy Powerball tickets for chance of winning $800 million jackpot

Published 5:42 pm Friday, January 8, 2016

The biggest Powerball in history has climbed to $800 million, and people in Bainbridge are playing the lottery for a shot at the jackpot prize.

Everyone has their story of what they would do if they won. What would some in Bainbridge do?

“I’d help my family and friends,” said Woodall’s cashier Shannon Rogers.

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“I’d pay off my house,” said James Garner. “And I’d buy a couple new cars, one for me and one for my wife.”

Bainbridge resident Deanna Willis thought for a moment before answering, then said, “There would be a lot less homeless people. It would go right here in our community. I’d help the ones that can’t help themselves.”

The Powerball began rolling on Nov. 7, and has rolled every Wednesday and Saturday for two months without a winner. The massive jackpot is drawing crowds to convenience stores around the country.Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $800 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is worth approximately $496 million. Powerball tickets are $2 per play. For an additional $1 per play, players can increase non-jackpot prizes with the Power Play option.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball and Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $17 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.