Mega Millions Game
Latest Result19 Oct 2021
Current Jackpot$108 Million
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In a Word
Mega Millions is where you can find serious money. The game’s jackpot regularly exceeds the $300-million mark, and it doesn’t stop growing until it gets won. Beloved in its host country America but extremely popular in others, its simple gameplay and generous prize offerings make this a game you don’t want to miss out on.
Vital Mega Millions Information
*+ $1 for the Megaplier option
*$3 per Just the Jackpot ticket
Odds and Prizes
The overall odds of winning a prize, the jackpot odds and the number of ways to win the Mega Millions are as follows.
How To Play At A Glance
Select five numbers from 1-70
Pick one Mega Ball from 1-25
If available, add the Megaplier to multiply all non-jackpot prizes by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x
Just the Jackpot
If available, decide whether to play Just the Jackpot for $3
Match all five numbers and the Mega Ball to win the jackpot
Match just the Mega Ball to win a prize
Legal age to play
If you’re playing from Arizona, Iowa and Louisiana it’s 21, and in Nebraska it’s 19. You’ll have to be at least 18 to play through third-party retailers, too.
Prize Claim Period
Prize-claim periods vary from state to state.
Up to 365 Days
Prize Tax Requirements
The United States of America applies Federal and sometimes state taxes to lottery wins over $5,000. You may also have to pay local taxes in your country of residence.
We recommend consulting a trusted financial adviser in the event of a big win.
Country of Origin
Can Winners Remain Anonymous?
Each state has its own laws on winners remaining anonymous, so check what the rules are with the state or third-party retailer where you purchased your ticket.
Can Syndicates Play?
Some states allow you to play multiple drawings in advance, while others do not.
Likes and Dislikes
… You dream of owning a super yacht and flying around the world in a private jet. Mega Millions has recorded some of the largest jackpots in lottery history, and with two draws per week, it gives players plenty of chance to win big.
How To Play Mega Millions
Choose five numbers from 1-70, and one Mega Ball number from 1-25.
Choose your Numbers
Pick your numbers yourself or use the Quick Pick tool to have them generated for you.
Up to five lines can be played on a retail ticket, and up to 10 when playing online through official lottery operator websites. Not all state lottery operators offer online ticket sales, so we recommend checking with the relevant operator to see what your options are.
Mark on your ticket whether you want to play in the Tuesday or Friday draw, or both.
Most states allow you to play a number of draws in advance, and the majority of third-party retailers let you to play up to several months in advance.
Prizes and Odds of Winning
The table below shows the available prizes, the numbers you need to match, and the odds of doing so for Mega Millions:
|Match||Prize||Prize Percentage||Odds of Winning|
|5 + MB||Jackpot||75.3018%*||1 in 302,575,350|
|5||$1,000,000||7.9319%||1 in 12,607,306|
|4 + MB||$10,000||1.0742%||1 in 931,001|
|4||$500||1.2889%||1 in 38,792|
|3 + MB||$200||1.3749%||1 in 14,547|
|3||$10||1.6498%||1 in 606|
|2 + MB||$10||1.4436%||1 in 693|
|1 + MB||$4||4.4752%||1 in 89|
|MB||$2||5.4597%||1 in 37|
How to Play Megaplier
For an additional $1, you can take part in Megaplier.
Megaplier is available in all participating states except California. It is also available through most third-party retailers.
The Megaplier increases non-jackpot prizes by 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x.
Before each main draw, the Megaplier is selected from a pool of 15 balls—five are marked with 2x, six with 3x, three with 4x and one with 5x.
If you win a non-jackpot prize, and have played the Megaplier, your prize will be multiplied by the number drawn.
Prizes and Odds for Megaplier
The table below shows the prizes and odds for Megaplier:
|5 + MB||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|4 + MB||$10,000||$20,000||$30,000||$40,000||$50,000|
|3 + MB||$200||$400||$600||$800||$1,000|
|2 + MB||$10||$20||$30||$40||$50|
|1 + MB||$4||$8||$12||$16||$20|
Mega Millions History
- The game launches as The Big Game, with a 5/56 and 1/46 game format and six states - Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia - taking part.
- The Tuesday draw is added.
- New Jersey joins the Mega Millions game.
- The Big Game is rebranded to Mega Millions.
- New York and Ohio join the game.
- Washington joins the growing number of states taking part in Mega Millions.
- Texas joins the Mega Millions fun.
- California becomes the 12th state to take part in Mega Millions.
- 23 additional states join Mega Millions. The total number of participating states and jurisdiction reaches 46.
- Cross-selling agreement between Mega Millions and Powerball goes into effect.
- The largest Mega Millions jackpot to date – $656 million – is won by three ticket holders.
- A new draw format is introduced: 5/75 and 1/15.
- The minimum jackpot is set at $15 million, with at least $5 million added with each rollover.
- The second prize division is now $1 million.
- The Megaplier now has a 5x multiplier.
- A new game format is introduced: 5/70 and 1/25.
- Ticket price increases to $2.
- Starting jackpot increases to $40 million.
- Just the Jackpot option is introduced.
- The starting jackpot is removed and will be announced prior to each draw as it's dependent on ticket sales and interest rates.
- The minimum rollover amount of $5 million for each draw is removed.
- Who operates Mega Millions, and where do the draws take place?
Mega Millions is operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association. Draws take place at the WSB-TV studio in Atlanta, Georgia.
- How much does a Mega Millions ticket cost?
- How much does a Mega Millions ticket cost online?
$2 if purchased through an official state lottery operator’s website (where available). If playing through a third-party retailer, they tend to cost a little bit more to cover administration fees.
These retailers also normally ask that you play a specified number of lines before placing an order.
- How old do I have to be to play Mega Millions?
18 in all participating states except Arizona, Iowa and Louisiana, where it’s 21, and Nebraska, where it’s 19.
Those playing online through a third-party retailer will have to be at least 18.
- Can I play Mega Millions if I don’t live in the USA?
Yes, but you will have to purchase your ticket online through a third-party retailer.
You can always visit the USA and purchase your Mega Millions ticket in person, but if you win a prize you will have to return to the same state to claim your winnings.
- How do I play Mega Millions?
Pick five main draw numbers from 1-70 and a Mega Ball from 1 to 25. The more numbers you match, the larger your prize.
- What is Megaplier?
The Megaplier is a supplementary game that multiplies all non-jackpot prizes by either 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x. The prize multiplier is determined by the Megaplier draw, which takes place ahead of the main draw.
- Why is Megaplier not available in California?
California law states that all lottery prizes must be pari-mutuel, which means they are determined by the number of tickets purchased and the number of winners in each prize tier. The Megaplier option cannot be added to pari-mutuel prizes.
- What is Just the Jackpot?
Just the Jackpot is a supplementary game. It gives players two chances of winning the jackpot, but they forfeit the chance to win any of the other prize divisions.
- How many numbers do I need to match to win to win a Mega Millions prize?
Just the Mega Ball to win a prize. Alternatively, you will need to match three main numbers to win a prize.
- What are the odds of winning the jackpot?
1 in 302,575,350.
- Is there a minimum jackpot?
According to recent changes there is no minimum guaranteed starting jackpot.
- What is the difference between an annuity and a cash lump sum?
Jackpot winners taking an annuity will receive their prize in 30 installments over 29 years, with the amount increasing 5% year on year. Those taking a cash lump sum will receive a reduced prize amount in one go.
- Can jackpot winners remain anonymous?
It depends on the state in which you purchased your ticket, but in most cases jackpot winners are required to go public. This is still the case if you have purchased your ticket through a third-party retailer.
- Do residents pay tax on winnings?
Yes, lottery winnings over $5,000 are subject to Federal tax. Depending on your state, you’ll likely have to pay state tax, and sometimes local tax, too.
- Do non-residents pay tax on winnings?
Yes, non-residents who win over $5,000 will have to pay Federal and state tax and may also have to pay taxes in their country of residence.
- How long do I have to claim my prize?
It ranges from 90 days to 365 depending on the state. Make sure you clarify this with the relevant operator as soon as possible if you win.