Mega Millions Lottery
MegaMillions is one of the biggest lotteries in America and is played across 43 US States plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands. Draws are held every Tuesday and Friday at 23.00 Eastern Time in Atlanta, Georgia and the minimum jackpot is US$15 million. Players must match five main numbers between 1 and 75 and one Mega Ball number between 1 and 15 to win the jackpot.
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The MegaMillions has nine prize tiers in total and each, excluding the jackpot, is set at a guaranteed amount* regardless of how many winners there are in each prize tier. The prize tiers and odds of winning are shown in the table below:
|Numbers Matched||Odds of Winning|
|5 Main Numbers + Mega Ball (Jackpot)||1 in 258,890,850|
|5 Main Numbers||1 in 18,492,204|
|4 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 739,688|
|4 Main Numbers||1 in 52,835|
|3 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 10,720|
|3 Main Numbers||1 in 766|
|2 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 473|
|1 Main Numbers + Mega Ball||1 in 56|
|Mega Ball Only||1 in 21|
|Approx. Overall Odds: 1 in 15|
*In California, all lottery prizes except the jackpot are calculated on a “pair-mutuel” basis, which means they are paid out according to ticket sales and the number of winners in each prize tier. This means that the prize amounts are not set and may vary.
In some states MegaMillions players have the option to play the Megaplier for an additional fee. This multiplies any non-jackpot prize by between 2 and 5 times according to the Megaplier number drawn at random after the main draw. So, if a MegaMillions player opts for the Megaplier, wins US$500 by matching four main numbers and the Megaplier is 5, that player would win 5 x US$500 = US$2,500.
MegaMillions is best known for holding the record for generating the largest lottery jackpot in the world, which was won on Friday 30th March 2013. This jackpot, worth an incredible US$656 million, was shared between three winning ticket holders from Maryland, Illinois and Kansas.
MegaMillions and Other Lottery games
Since 2010, American states have been able to offer their players the ability to buy tickets for both MegaMillions and Powerball draws. As neither lottery has a rollover cap, the jackpots frequently roll over to generate prizes worth hundreds of millions of dollars, giving American lottery jackpots the potential to be the largest in the world.