Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a «Megaplier» that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With a jackpot that starts at $15,000,000, Mega Millions has gained international notoriety for consistently handing out huge jackpots. A total of seven jackpots of more than $300,000,000 have been won in its lifetime. Officially on sale in 42 states, as well as Washington D.C. Mega Millions tickets can also be bought online through various ticket agents.
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.
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.
Results for Tuesday:
|Numbers Matched||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|5 + Bonus||Jackpot||1 in 258,890,850|
|5||$1,000,000||1 in 18,492,204|
|4 + Bonus||$5,000||1 in 739,688|
|4||$500||1 in 52,835|
|3 + Bonus||$50||1 in 10,720|
|3||$5||1 in 766|
|2 + Bonus||$5||1 in 473|
|1 + Bonus||$2||1 in 56|
|Bonus only||$1||1 in 21|
To help you understand how the Megaplier works we’ve compiled the table below.
|Numbers Matched||Regular Prize||2x Megaplier||3x Megaplier||4x Megaplier||5x Megaplier|
|5 + Bonus||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot||Jackpot|
|4 + Bonus||$5,000||$10,000||$15,000||$20,000||$25,000|
|3 + Bonus||$50||$100||$150||$200||$250|
|2 + Bonus||$5||$10||$15||$20||$25|
|1 + Bonus||$2||$4||$6||$8||$10|
Mega Millions is the monster of multi-state lotteries and while it’s primarily popular in the U.S, lotto fans all around the world can play it. The Mega Millions lottery was originally called The Big Game, but was rebranded in May 2002 by its organizers, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). The very first drawing of The Big Game was on September 6, 1996 with six states (Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts and Virginia) taking part.
Any player that might be lucky enough to have Mega Millions winning numbers will be rewarded with a guaranteed jackpot of at least $12 million, with jackpots often increasing to hundreds of millions of dollars. Players buying Mega Millions lottery tickets shouldn’t worry, as the jackpots very rarely stay at the $12 million minimum.
The Mega Millions results are drawn at 11 p.m. (EST) on Tuesdays and Fridays and tickets can be purchased up to 15 minutes before the drawing. In order to play, simply choose five out of 56 white balls and then pick one gold Mega Ball out of 46.
The published results are only indicative and not binding.