Mega Millions Lottery Drawing
How to Play the Mega Millions
Players pick from two sets of Mega Millions numbers. First, a total of five numbers from 1-75, none of which can be the same and then a final number called the Mega Ball, which ranges from 1-15. This last number can be the same as any of the first five. As with all lotteries, players win based on how many of their numbers are matched with the numbers drawn. Mega Millions drawings are held at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Quick Guide to Playing
- Buy tickets online or from licensed retailers.
- Pick five regular numbers from 1–75 and a Mega Ball from 1–15.
- Draws take place Tuesday and Friday evenings at 11 p.m. ET.
- Check the winning Mega Millions numbers at LotteryUSA.com.
- Odds of winning a Mega Millions prize are 1 in 14.7.
- Win a jackpot of at least $15, 000, 000.
- Claim your prizes via the retailer within 180 days to a year depending on where you purchased the ticket.
With an overall chance of winning anything at just under 1 in 15, the Mega Millions lottery represents extremely good value.
A major boost to the prizes won can be gained with the Mega Ball, which is Mega Millions' bonus ball. For example, getting four matching numbers without the Mega Ball wins a straight up $500 prize. If the Mega Ball is chosen correctly, that prize is boosted to a massive $5, 000. As the lower prizes - from matching the bonus ball up to five numbers - are all fixed, you'll know exactly what you've won as soon as the draw has taken place.
A prize breakdown and the odds of winning that prize are illustrated in the table below. These prizes are for every state but the golden state of California where prize amounts are dependant on ticket sales and the number of winners.
|Numbers Matched||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|5 + Bonus||Jackpot||1 in 258, 890, 850|
|$1, 000, 000||1 in 18, 492, 204|
|4 + Bonus||$5, 000||1 in 739, 688|
|$500||1 in 52, 835|
|3 + Bonus||$50||1 in 10, 720|
|$5||1 in 766|
|2 + Bonus||1 in 473|
|1 + Bonus||$2||1 in 56|
|Bonus only||$1||1 in 21|
How the Megaplier Works
The Megaplier ball was originally introduced by the Texas Lottery in mid-2003 as soon as they started selling Mega Millions tickets. It's hard not to draw comparisons with the Powerball Lottery's PowerPlay as both boost or multiply your wins for a small extra cost.
But rather than PowerPlay's fixed payouts of 2x and 4x the normal amount, the Megaplier multiplies existing wins by different amounts. A normal $1 win can be turned into a $2 win, $3 win, $4 win or even a $5 win.
With each Mega Millions drawing a random Megaplier number is drawn - either 2, 3, 4 or 5 - and is used as a multiplier of the prize. All prizes except the jackpot are given this multiplier, so you can win up to four times as much as you would normally on non-jackpot payouts.
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