Mega Millions is an American multi-state lottery that can be played online and in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands.
Each play costs $2.00.
To play you pick six numbers – five numbers from 1 to 70 plus one bonus number from 1 to 25 – or select numbers randomly with an Easy Pick/Quick Pick. You win the jackpot when you match all six winning numbers in a drawing.
Mega Millions has two drawings every week, on Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time at WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Winning numbers are posted online shortly after each drawing. Information on the number of winners is posted the following mornings (Wednesday and Saturday), because the winning ticket sales must be verified. Certain lotteries also deliver the winning numbers via e-mail or text.
All winning numbers in previous drawings are recorded and can be used in many different ways. With Mega Millions statistics players can see which numbers are the most common, which doubles that are frequently appearing, etc. The statistics can in that way be used to pick a number sequence.
Sales of Mega Millions lottery tickets started May 15 in 2002, and the first drawing took place on May 17, 2002.
There are nine ways to win a prize with Mega Millions. Prizes range from $2 all the way to the jackpot, in a variety of prize levels. You can also use a Megaplier for an extra dollar, which will multiply any non-jackpot winnings by that number.
Yes, you can use the Mega Millions statistics however you want when you choose your own numbers. All drawings since day one has been recorded and there are tools you can use online to see which numbers are the most common, which numbers are most overdue, etc.
The Megaplier is a number between 2 and 5 that players can add for an extra $1 to increase all types of non-jackpot prizes. A new Megaplier is drawn with each drawing, and it is used to maximize prize pots. Say that you win the $1 million second-tier prize and you have Megaplier of 3, then you have suddenly tripled your price for just $1 extra. The current Megaplier system and prize levels was set on 18 October 2013.
Just the Jackpot is an exciting new option which gives you two chances at the jackpot for just $3.00. When you use this option, you cannot win prizes on any other levels. This is great option for players that are only interested in winning the jackpot.
Yes, Mega Millions prizes can be shared. It is up to the winners to decide how to share a prize when they claim it, but restrictions do apply depending on which state you bought your tickets in.
Yes. All prizes are subject to income taxes. Please check with your Mega Millions lottery for more information.
If you win the Mega Millions jackpot, you can choose between an Annual Payout or a Cash Option. The Annual Payout consists of 30 payments in total, with each payment being 5% larger than the previous one. This is to make it easier for players to handle their sudden wealth. With the cash option you get a one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. The amount varies from jackpot to jackpot.