Mega Millions

Mega Millions was first launched in 1996 and is best known for holding the world record for paying out the largest single lottery jackpot in history. This jackpot, which was won on 30th March 2012 and shared between three winning ticket holders, reached an enormous $656 million after rolling over eighteen times. Mega Millions continues to be one of America’s favourite lottery games, with jackpots starting at $15 million and regularly running into hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Mega Millions lottery draws take place every Tuesday and Friday evening at 23.00 ET and are broadcast live from the WSB-TV studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

When Mega Millions first launched it served just Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Virginia. However, since then an additional 37 states and two jurisdictions have signed up, making it the most widely played multi-state game in America alongside Powerball.

Play Mega Millions

To play Mega Millions, players must first choose five white ball numbers from a pool of 1 to 75 followed by one gold ball number, called the Mega, between 1 and 15. There are nine different prize tiers in Mega Millions, ranging from matching just the Mega to matching all five main numbers plus the Mega. The players who matches all six numbers correctly wins the jackpot.

The advertised jackpot equates to the average annuity value of the prize over a 30 year period, which means that the cash lump sum jackpots are less than the advertised amount. All players have the option of taking their payout in a cash lump sum or as an annuity but, in certain states, players are required to choose the payout method when purchasing their ticket.

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Winning Mega Millions

The prizes, along with the odds of winning, can be seen in the table below. Overall, there is a 1 in 15 chance of winning a prize when you play Mega Millions.

Match Odds of Winning Estimated Prize Fund
Match 5 plus Mega Ball 1 in 258,890,850 Jackpot
Match 5 1 in 18,492,204 $1 million
Match 4 plus Mega Ball 1 in 739,688 $5,000
Match 4 1 in 52,835 $500.00
Match 3 plus Mega Ball 1 in 10,720 $50.00
Match 2 plus Mega Ball 1 in 766 $5.00
Match 3 1 in 473 $5.00
Match 1 plus Mega Ball 1 in 56 $2.00
Only Mega Ball 1 in 21 $1.00


In some states players have the option to play the Megaplier for a small extra fee and increase the value of prizes in all non-jackpot winning prize tiers. Players wishing to opt into the Megaplier are simply required to tick a box on their play card. Once the main draw has taken place the Megaplier number – between 2 and 5 – is drawn and all non-jackpot prizes are then multiplied by that number for those players who have included the Megaplier option. This means that a non-jackpot prize, with the Megaplier option selected, has the potential to be multiplied by up to 5 times!

All of the Mega Millions draw equipment, i.e. the balls and machines, are chosen at random and certified by independent auditors to ensure that the results are completely fair. The machine and balls are tested again after the draw. Two Mega Millions representatives and an independent auditor carry out these checks, which are also videotaped, to ensure complete integrity.

To buy tickets for the Mega Millions simply click the link above at Online Lotto.