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Mega Millions Prize and Odds
|5 + Mega Ball||Jackpot||1 in 302,575,350|
|5||$1,000,000||1 in 12,607,306|
|4 + Mega Ball||$10,000||1 in 931,001|
|4||$500||1 in 38,792|
|3 + Mega Ball||$200||1 in 14,547|
|3||$10||1 in 606|
|2 + Mega Ball||$10||1 in 693|
|1 + Mega Ball||$4||1 in 89|
|Mega Ball only||$2||1 in 37|
|Overall chances of winning any prize: 1 in 24.|
Megaplier Multiplier Prizes
|4 + Mega Ball||$10,000||$20,000||$30,000||$40,000||$50,000|
|3 + Mega Ball||$200||$400||$600||$800||$1,000|
|2 + Mega Ball||$10||$20||$30||$40||$50|
|1 + Mega Ball||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20|
|Mega Ball only||$2||$4||$6||$8||$10|
|2x||1 in 3|
|3x||1 in 2.5|
|4x||1 in 5|
|5x||1 in 15|
Mega Millions Schedule
|Draw Time||11:00 p.m. EST||11:00 p.m. EST|
|Sales Stop||Varies by state||Varies by state|
Mega Millions 10 Biggest Jackpots
||Oct 23, 2018|
||Mar 30, 2012|
||Dec 17, 2013|
||Jul 24, 2018|
||Jul 08, 2016|
||Mar 30, 2018|
||Jun 07, 2019|
||Jan 05, 2018|
||Jan 01, 2019|
||Mar 18, 2014|
Mega Millions Things to Know
Here’s a quick overview of the game.
- Mega Millions is played in 45 states in the U.S., along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Mega Millions was introduced in 1996 as the Big Game and was relaunched in 2002 as Mega Millions.
- The largest jackpot ever won was $1.537 billion in 2018.
- California doesn’t offer the Megaplier.
- New York and California have the most Mega Millions winners.
Mega Millions How to Play
- Pick 5 numbers from 1 to 70
- Pick a Mega Ball number from 1 to 25
- Decide whether to play the Megaplier for an extra $1
- Buy your tickets before the cut-off time (this varies from state to state)
Mega Millions Ticket Cost
- $2 per play
- $1 to add Megaplier
Mega Millions History
Mega Millions is a massive U.S. lottery, with jackpots frequently in the region of hundreds of millions of dollars.
- The Big Game is launched in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia.
- One draw per week, on Fridays.
- Game Matrix: 5/50 + 1/25.
- First draw took place in September 1996.
- New draw day added, on Tuesdays.
- New Jersey starts selling tickets.
- New game matrix: 5/50 + 1/36.
- Cash payout is introduced.
- Temporarily renamed to The Big Game Mega Millions.
- Renamed to Mega Millions.
- Ohio, New York, and Washington start selling tickets.
- New game matrix: 5/52 + 1/52.
- First draw took place on May 17.
- Texas starts selling tickets.
- New multiplier available just in Texas: Megaplier.
- California starts selling tickets.
- New game matrix: 5/56 + 1/46.
- End of January, 23 more states start selling tickets.
- 8 more states join the same year (Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona, Maine, Colorado, South Dakota, and U.S. Virgin Islands).
- Louisiana starts selling tickets.
- Megaplier becomes available in all lotteries, except California.
- Florida starts selling tickets.
- New game format: 5/75 + 1/15.
- Wyoming starts selling tickets.
- New game format: 5/70 + 1/25.
- Starting jackpot is now $40 million.
- Just the Jackpot option is added (available in participating states).
- Mississippi starts selling tickets.
- Starting jackpot guaranteed value is removed. It now depends on ticket sales and will be announced prior to each drawing.
- $5 million minimum jackpot increase on rollovers was removed.
Mega Millions FAQS
1. What is the Mega Millions Megaplier?
You can opt-in to play the Megaplier for an extra $1, increasing the value of non-jackpot prizes. A Megaplier number from 2 to 5 is drawn on the night of every Mega Millions draw. Non-jackpot prizes are then multiplied by that number. All states offer the Megaplier option except for California.
2. Where can I collect my winnings?
Mega Millions prizes below the amount of $600 can be redeemed at participating licensed retailers in the state in which you purchased your ticket. Should you be lucky enough to win a bigger prize, you need to notify the State Lottery where you purchased your ticket. They will let you know what you need to do to collect your prize.
3. What are the payout options?
If you win a Mega Millions jackpot, you can decide to have it paid out as an annuity over 29 years, or as a cash lump sum.
4. Are Mega Millions prizes taxed?
Yes, any winnings are subject to income and federal taxes, along with any relevant state taxes. Florida, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Washington do not impose income taxes on their residents. New Hampshire and Tennessee only impose income tax on interest and dividends.
5. Where are Mega Millions draws held?
Mega Millions draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 10:00 p.m. Central Time, and 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Draws are held in Atlanta, Georgia at WSB-TV.
6. If I decide to buy my Mega Millions ticket in a particular state, am I able to redeem my prize in another state?
No. Mega Millions is sold by state lotteries individually, so you must redeem your winning ticket in the state in which you purchased your tickets.
7. How long do I have to redeem my Mega Millions winnings?
Claim periods tend to vary by state, but it can range anywhere from 90 days to 180 days from the date of the draw.
8. Am I able to purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets online?
In Virginia and New York, you can purchase subscriptions for the Mega Millions lottery. You can purchase lottery tickets online in New Hampshire, Michigan, North Dakota, Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Illinois, but you must be a resident in that state.
9. What happens if I lose my Mega Millions ticket?
You can’t hold Mega Millions responsible for stolen or lost lottery tickets. Always sign the back of your tickets when you purchase them and keep them safe. Remember, lottery tickets are bearer instruments. Therefore, unless they are signed, anyone who possesses the ticket can claim its winnings.
10. Can I claim a Mega Millions jackpot prize and remain anonymous?
Rules and laws on public disclosure tend to vary from one state to the next. Some states legally require lotteries to publicly announce winners, while some do not.
11. Where is the game played?
Mega Millions is played in 45 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but players all around the world can participate in this exciting lottery.
12. How old do I have to be to play Mega Millions?
It’s state-dependent, but typically players must be 18 years old or older to purchase lottery tickets. In some states, it’s 19, and in others it’s 21.
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