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How to Play Mega Millions

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery that costs $2 per play. Players pick a total of six numbers from two different pools of numbers. The first pool consists of white balls numbered from 1 to 70. Players pick five numbers from this pool. The second pool consists of the “Mega Balls” ranging from 1 to 25.  Players pick one number from this pool.

To win the jackpot, a player’s selected numbers must match all six numbers drawn in the twice-weekly Mega Millions drawing. Jackpots start at $40 million and keep increasing until someone wins. The amount of the jackpot increase is based on the number of tickets sold, but the minimum increase is $5 million for each drawing.


Megaplier is an add on feature which increases non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times and costs an additional $1 per play. But this feature does not affect the size of the jackpot! The Megaplier value is determined using a random number generator before each Mega Millions drawing.

Just the Jackpot

Just the Jackpot is an alternative way to play Mega Millions that allows players to play specifically for the jackpot only. Players get to select two sets of numbers for the jackpot for $3. Players who choose this way to play are not eligible for any other prize level.

Drawing Date and Time for Mega Millions

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night at 11:00 PM ET in the studios of WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia.

Official Mega Millions Results

  • Access winning numbers at the Mega Millions official website.
  • Subscribe to the Mega Millions official YouTube channel for winning numbers.
  • Download the official Mega Millions mobile app.
  • Or call a winning numbers hotline:
    Arizona: 800.499.3798
    Idaho: 208.334.4656
    Indiana: 1-800-955-6886
    Minnesota: 651.635.8273
    Missouri: 573.751.4050
    New Hampshire: 802.479.5686
    North Carolina: 877-962-7529
    Ohio: 1-800-589-6446
    Texas: 800.246.4677
    Virginia: 804.692.7000
    Wisconsin: 608.261.4916

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Mega Millions is an exhilarating lottery game available in 44 states including the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, a total of 46 jurisdictions. You can win cash prizes by matching your numbers with the drawn numbers.

On Top of this page, you will see the latest winning numbers of the latest Mega Millions draw.

The legal age to play Mega Millions is determined by the state in which the ticket is purchased.

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Rules Governing Mega Millions

In Arizona:

  • Minimum age to play Mega Millions is 18.
  • All prize winnings are subject to federal tax and, in most states, they are subject to state taxes as well.
  • All winners will share the jackpot prize equally (first come, first serve doesn’t apply here!)
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Claiming a Prize from the Mega Millions Lottery

  • Sign your ticket even before you know that you’re a winner.
  • Jackpot winners are encouraged to contact the lottery headquarters for their jurisdiction. You can either take out the prize money as a lump sum or an annuity (for over 29 years).
  • A prize must be claimed between 180 days and one year from the date of the draw (varies by state). If a prize is not claimed, some unclaimed funds are returned to the lottery fund, while other funds are given back to the community.

Quick Facts

  • Game type: Draw game
  • Game Format: 5/70 and 1/25.
  • Game availability: In 44 jurisdictions including District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Not available in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah.
  • Game draw days and time: Twice a week on every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 PM ET.
  • Minimum jackpot amount: $40 million.
  • Minimum cash prize: $2.
  • Minimum age to play: 18 or 20 (in some jurisdictions)
  • Jackpot odds: 1 in 302,575,350.
  • Overall odds: 1 in 24
  • Game add-on option: Megaplier and Just the Jackpot.
  • Ticket cost: $2 per play an $1 extra for add-on bets.
  • Jackpot payment options: Lump-sum or annuity.
  • Lottery operator: Multi-state Lottery Association (MUSL)

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