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Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

ATLANTA -- The new Powerball makes its deut this week with bigger starting jackpots, better overall odds and more millionaires.

The enhanced game's first drawing will be Wednesday.

Powerball starting jackpots will double to $40 million and will grow faster. The game's second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million, and to $2 million with the Power Play option. Additionally, overall odds and odds to win a jackpot prize have improved.

The game's ticket price also will change from $1 to $2 per play.

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Players can still multiply with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Where can I buy a Christmas tree west of Atlanta?

Where can I buy a Christmas tree west of Atlanta?

ATLANTA -- The Christmas shopping and decorating season is in full swing, and many Metro Atlanta families have begun searching for the perfect Christmas tree.

So where's the best place to find a live tree when you live closer to Alabama than Atlanta?

DEALCHICKEN: $69.99 for $167 from Omaha Steaks

DEALCHICKEN: $69.99 for $167 from Omaha Steaks

ATLANTA -- Omaha Steaks is legendary for its gourmet beef, which is a must-have for the holidays.

Fortunately, this weekend's DealChicken Atlanta deal can help members pay much less for a delicious package of top-of-the-line meats and sides.

Pay only $69.99 for a $167 Perfect Pleasers Pack, filled with four filet mignons, four boneless pork chops, eight Omaha Steak burgers, eight servings of potatoes au gratin and four caramel apple tartlets.

If this package doesn't appeal to you, don't worry -- there are five other options created especially for DealChicken members. To further sweeten the deal, shipping is free on all of them.

Get Together Pack
$49.99 for $114

Four top sirloins, four boneless pork chops, six Omaha Steak burgers, four stuffed baked potatoes

Man wins $200K playing Powerball

Man wins $200K playing Powerball

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A Carroll County man carried home a big Georgia Lottery win.

Leland Hughes matched the first five winning numbers in the Oct. 15 Powerball drawing, winning a $200,000 prize. He claimed his money Friday at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

"I couldn't believe it," said the Carrollton resident. "My wife checked online, and she kept looking at the numbers."

Hughes and his wife, Deborah, feel great about winning the lottery. The parents of two adult children celebrated their 42nd anniversary this year and have no immediate plans for their prize money.

WInning numbers from the drawing were 12-14-34-39-46 and the Powerball was 36. Hughes purchased his lucky ticket at Southside Amoco on Highway 27 in Carrollton.