Mega Millions Game

Mega Millions

Latest Result

19 Oct 2021
3 12 13 19 52
Megaball 1

Megaplier 3
$108 Million 8x Rollover

Current Jackpot

$108 Million

Next Draw Countdown

Days
02
Hours
03
Mins
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46

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

Cost per Mega Millions ticket

Local $2
Online $2-5

*+ $1 for the Megaplier option
*$3 per Just the Jackpot ticket

Draw Days Tue & Fri
Draw Time 11pm EST
Sales Stop 10:45pm EST

Jackpot Size

Starting **Variable
Maximum Uncapped
*Supplementary Games

Megaplier & Just the Jackpot

Supplementary games may not always be available when purchasing tickets through third-party retailers.

**Starting jackpot is variable

There is no guaranteed starting jackpot - it depends on the ticket sales and interest rates so it will be announced before each draw.

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.

Overall Odds 1 in 24
Ways to Win 9
Jackpot Odds 1 in 302,575,350

How To Play At A Glance

Important Info

Legal age to play

18+

Prize Claim Period

Up to 365 Days

Prize Tax Requirements

Yes

Country of Origin

United States of America

Operator

Multi-State Lottery Association

Can Winners Remain Anonymous?

Yes and no

Can Syndicates Play?

Yes

Advance Draws

Yes and no

Likes and Dislikes

How To Play Mega Millions

Main Draw

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.

Lines

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.

Multiple Draws

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:

Match Original Prize 2x 3x 4x 5x
5 + MB Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot Jackpot
5 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000
4 + MB $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000
4 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500
3 + MB $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000
3 $10 $20 $30 $40 $50
2 + MB $10 $20 $30 $40 $50
1 + MB $4 $8 $12 $16 $20
MB $2 $4 $6 $8 $10

How to Play Just the Jackpot

You can play Just the Jackpot for $3 and you don’t need to purchase a main draw Mega Millions ticket to take part. Third-party retailers may not offer the Just the Jackpot option.

Just the Jackpot gives you two chances to win the jackpot, but you forfeit the chance to win any of the other prize divisions.

The $3 ticket cost is cheaper than purchasing two main draw tickets, which would cost $4.

Prizes and Odds for Just the Jackpot

The prizes and odds of winning Just the Jackpot are the same as the main Mega Millions jackpot.

Payment Options

"30 instalments or one-off lump sum payment"

Mega Millions jackpot winners can take their prize as an annuity (30 instalments over 29 years, with each instalment increasing 5% year on year) or as a reduced cash lump sum. All other prize tiers are paid out as a cash lump sum.

Prizes smaller than $500

Smaller prizes of around $500 can usually be claimed at official lottery retailers in the state where the ticket was purchased. For prizes over that amount, you usually have to complete a claim form and claim your prize from lottery headquarters.

Prizes over $5,000

For those playing online through an official lottery operator, prizes of around $5,000 are normally paid directly into your online lottery wallet or bank account. For prizes over that amount, players are usually required to visit lottery headquarters in person and complete a claim form.

When you play online

If you have played online through a third-party retailer and win, it is recommended you contact customer support for more information on how to claim your prize.

Mega Millions History

  • August 1996

    • 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.
  • February 1998

    • The Tuesday draw is added.
  • May 1999

    • New Jersey joins the Mega Millions game.
  • May 2002

    • The Big Game is rebranded to Mega Millions.
    • New York and Ohio join the game.
  • September 2002

    • Washington joins the growing number of states taking part in Mega Millions.
  • December 2003

    • Texas joins the Mega Millions fun.
  • June 2005

    • California becomes the 12th state to take part in Mega Millions.
  • January 2010

    • 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.
  • March 2012

    • The largest Mega Millions jackpot to date – $656 million – is won by three ticket holders.
  • October 2013

    • 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.
  • October 2017

    • 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.
  • April 2020

    • 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.

FAQs

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?

$2.

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.