Prize and Odds
|5 + Megaball||Jackpot||1 in 4,496,388|
|5||$30,000||1 in 899,278|
|4 + Megaball||$1,300||1 in 24,980|
|4||$150||1 in 4,996|
|3 + Megaball||$25||1 in 714|
|3||$7||1 in 143|
|2 + Megaball||$5||1 in 63|
|2||$2||1 in 13|
|1 + Megaball||$2||1 in 15|
|Overall odds of winning a prize in Tri-State Megabucks are 1 in 6.|
|Draw Time||7:59 p.m. ET||7:59 p.m. ET|
|Sales Stop||7:50 p.m. ET||7:50 p.m. ET|
Things to Know
- The game was launched by the Tri-State Lottery in 1985, becoming the first multi-state game in the country.
- The Tri-State Lottery was the first multi-jurisdictional lottery and included Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
- Other states have games with the same name, or similar ones, such as Oregon’s Megabucks, Wisconsin’s Megabucks, Massachusetts’s Megabucks Doubler, and Indiana’s Megabucks scratch-off game.
How to Play
- Pick five numbers from 1 to 41.
- Pick a Megaball number from 1 to 6.
- Check if you’ve won.
- $2 per play.
This table shows the maximum number of advanced draw purchases permitted in each participating state for Tri-State Megabucks.
|Maine||up to 20|
|New Hampshire||up to 20|
|Vermont||up to 20|
Being the first multi-state game for the Tri-State Lottery, the game has undergone many changes until it became the game that we know and love today.
- September 1985
- The Tri-State Megabucks game was launched in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
- January 1986
- The number matrix was changed to 6/36.
- January 1988
- The number matrix was altered to 6/40.
- May 1990
- An additional draw on Wednesdays was added.
- June 1996
- The cash option was added for the jackpot.
- March 1997
- The number matrix was again altered to 6/42, and a bonus number was added.
- July 2009
- The game name was changed to Tri-State Megabucks Plus in Maine.
- The number matrix changed to 5/41+ 1/6.
- Price per play was increased from $1 to $2.
- The starting jackpot was set at $1,000,000.
- The second prize was set at $30,000.
When are Tri-State Megabucks draws held?
Draws are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 7:59 p.m. ET.
In which states can I play Tri-State Megabucks?
You can play Tri-State Megabucks in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
What’s the difference between an annuity and a cash lump sum when claiming a Tri-State Megabucks prize?
Jackpot winners can choose to claim their prizes as a 30-year annuity, with a value close to the advertised jackpot amount, or in a one-lump-sum cash payment of smaller value.
What are the odds of winning the Tri-State Megabucks jackpot?
You have a 1 in 4,496,388 chance to match the five numbers and the Megaball to win the jackpot.
Will I have to share my jackpot winnings?
If there are multiple jackpot winners, the prize money will be equally divided among them all.
How many prize categories does the game have?
There are nine prize categories for the Tri-State Megabucks game. The jackpot grows until it’s won, and the lowest category offers a prize of $2.
Do you have more Tri-State Megabucks questions? Contact us; we’d love to help you out.