US Powerball vs US Mega Millions - A Comparison

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 17,2019 | Time: 07:04 am | Edited by: The Lottery Lab Staff

Powerball vs Mega Millions

Lotteries are popular worldwide. Every day we hear a new story about people hitting the jackpot and winning real cash by playing lottery games. But it helps to understand the basics before investing in the game. US Powerball and US Mega Millions are some of the biggest lotteries in the world, and many people try their luck playing these. Let's have a look at Powerball vs Mega Millions to understand the small differences that make a big difference!

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Before you get started, let's look at the differences and similarities between both games.

The Birth of Two Lotteries

Powerball came first.  It was launched in six states in 1988.  Powerball is run by a Multi-State Lottery Association - a non-profit organization. However, Mega Millions, was introduced several years later in 1996. Both the lotteries are run by wholly independent associations.


There is a constant race between the two associations to generate larger jackpots and competition is tough. Both keep changing their formats to attract players with large jackpots. For Mega Millions, the biggest jackpot is $1.5 billion while Powerball’s biggest is also $1.5 billion.

Play Options

The major difference between the two lottery games is the playing method. In Mega Millions, the player can pick five numbers between 1-70 and one mega number in a pool of 25 numbers. On the other hand, in Powerball, the player is expected to select five numbers between 1-69 and one Powerball number between 1-25. Basically, the numbers you pick will determine whether you will win or not.

The Mega Millions can use Mega Piler that helps in multiplying the jackpot by 5 times. The US Powerball can multiply the prize from the third to the 9th division up to 10 times. For instance - if you won $2 million second prize in Mega Millions and picked number 3 in the Mega Piler, then you will cash out with $6 million instead.

Chances of Winning

Your odds of winning Mega Millions are 1 in 302.6 million in comparison to Powerball in which it’s 1 in 292 million. This clearly means you have a greater chance of winning the Powerball Lottery.

All in all, there are very minor differences between the two lotteries. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. We have tried to depict a clear image of what these lotteries are all about. You can play the one which you find more attractive. The ultimate choice is yours. Sign up to The Lottery Lab newsletter for more interesting facts!

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