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Mega Millions 'springs forward' to $171M

Mega Millions 'springs forward' to $171M

ATLANTA -- Mega Millions sprang forward with your clocks this weekend.

Tuesday's jackpot has jumped to an estimated $171 million, the Georgia Lottery announced Monday.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options -- approximately $6.5 million a year for 26 years with the annuity choice, or a single payment worth approximately $124 million.

Tickets are only $1 per play. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

Who knows -- maybe you could be the next Marcia Adams, the College Park accountant who won $72 million in a January Mega Millions drawing.

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

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price skydiving

DEALCHICKEN | Half-price skydiving

CEDARTOWN, Ga. -- Too scared to skydive? Don't be chicken -- this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal will put you in the care of an experienced skydiving instructor, and the dive will cost you much less than usual.

Gadzuk is offering an exclusive only for DealChicken members -- a $269 dive for $129. That's 52 percent off the chance to experience a 14,000-foot drop at 120 mph -- the ultimate extreme sport.

Still nervous? Get all the information you need at Gadzuk's website.

The company is located at 493 Airport Road in Cedartown, near the Polk County Airport.

Learn more about DealChicken and sign up for its "eggcellent" daily dining, services and travel deals at www.dealchicken.com/atlanta-ga.

Atlanta Weather | A Perfect Weekend

Atlanta Weather | A Perfect Weekend

The weekend is finally here and it is going to be a beauty! It seems like it has been one continuous week since we had tornadoes until last Saturday morning... Thankfully we don't have any of that mess in store for us this weekend.

Short Term

Falcons re-sign backup running back Snelling

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed backup running back Jason Snelling.

The team announced the deal Thursday. Terms were not disclosed.

Snelling had 44 carries for 151 yards and 26 catches for 179 yards and one touchdown in 2011, when his versatility proved valuable. After opening the season as the backup to running back Michael Turner, Snelling also was used at fullback following Ovie Mughelli's season-ending right knee injury in October.

Snelling has 1,192 yards rushing with seven touchdowns in five seasons with the Falcons.

The former Virginia standout spent his first four seasons with Baltimore.

Birds Bring Back Biermann

Flowery Branch, GA -- The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have re-signed defensive end Kroy Biermann. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Biermann, 6-3, 255 pounds, was originally selected by the Falcons in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. In four seasons in Atlanta, Biermann has played in 64 games with 17 starts and has posted 132 tackles (97 solo), 12.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He has also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

Gingrich wins Ga., Romney takes 6, Santorum lands 3

ATLANTA -- With a big win in his home state of Georgia, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich picks up at least 23 delegates. The remainder of Georgia's 76 delegates will be divided up under state party rules.

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Shortly after the announcement, Gingrich tweeted, "Thank you Georgia! It is gratifying to win my home state so decisively to launch our March Momentum. #MarchMo #250gas #SuperTuesday"

Top teams remain as the Final Four begins

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and the McEachern girls remain the top teams in the latest Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 poll for metro Atlanta, as the state basketball tournament heads for the Final Four.

Defending state champions Columbia and Miller Grove are 2 and 3 this week, with Westlake and Shiloh completing the boys top 5.

In the girls poll, defending state champions Wesleyan and Norcross are 2 and 3, with North Gwinnett and Hillgrove rounding out the top 5.

The Super25 polls for metro Atlanta are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11Alive.com.