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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.

Game Format

  • Number of lottery balls in Mega Millions: 5/70 & 1/25
  • Number of drawing machines: 2
  • Type of lottery game: 5 Ball Bonus Lotto

Add On Games


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.

Lottery Numbers Selection Option

The players can pick their own numbers or use any of the below-listed lottery tools to mark the winning MultiState Lottery Mega Millions lottery numbers.

Drawing Schedule Of MultiState Lottery Mega Millions Lottery

  • Tuesday 11:00 PM ET (GMT-04:00)
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  • Friday 11:00 PM ET (GMT-04:00)
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The number of Multi-Draws for every participating state varies according to their state lottery rules. Please click on the View Here button to know, how many draws you can have the chance to play in your state if you mark Multi-Draws/Advance Play a Yes!

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Lottery Results

After the drawing, you can check the winning lottery numbers and prizes at:

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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

  • The legal age of playing MultiState Lottery Mega Millions is years and older.
  • The cutoff for buying Mega Millions tickets in MultiState Lottery is 10:00 p.m. ET on the day of the drawing.
  • No. Once a Mega Millions ticket is printed, it cannot be canceled.
  • Players must claim their lottery winnings within a time period of 180-365 days, from the date of the drawing, else their winnings will be fortified.
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Claiming a Prize from the Mega Millions Lottery

  • Experiencing the thrill of having won the lottery! If you think you have matched the winning lottery numbers, here are the steps you should take to claim your prize.
  • Before taking steps to claim your prize, double-check your numbers against the official drawing results with the ones drawn or visit our Lottery Results. This will help you confirm that you have correctly matched the winning numbers and know what prize amount will fill your pockets.

Quick Facts

  • Game type: Draw game
  • Game Format: 5/70 and 1/25.
  • Game availability: In 45 jurisdictions including District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Not available in Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
  • Game draw days and time: Twice a week on every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 PM ET.
  • Minimum jackpot amount: $20 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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