Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery held in the United States twice a week, regularly offering up jackpots over $300 million. Entries cost $2 per line when entered into either the Tuesday or Friday draw that takes place at 23:00 Eastern Time. Each drawing offers players the chance to win in any of the nine prize tiers that start with paying out to players who matched just the Mega Ball, all the way up to the jackpot for those matching all five numbers and the Mega Ball. You can also play with the Megaplier for an extra $1 on your entry to give you a chance to multiply all non-jackpot prizes by up to 5x!
The Mega Millions numbers will be announced here every Tuesday and Friday shortly after the 23:00 draw time, and will include all five numbers, the Mega Ball and Megaplier that were selected.
Mega Millions Prizes
Mega Millions offers nine levels of prizes that increase with the more numbers you match, starting when you match just the Mega Ball. Every time you then match another number on top of that your payout will grow until you reach the jackpot for matching all the five numbers drawn and the Mega Ball. If you play with the Megaplier then the payouts you can win will be multiplied by the Megaplier number, which ranges from 2 to 5. The exception is the jackpot, but you could win $5 million without even matching all the numbers. Find out more about the Prizes you can win via the button below.
Claiming a Prize
If you have managed to win a Mega Millions payout then firstly- congratulations! You are now probably wondering what to do and how to claim your money. Prizes up to $600 can usually be collected from any retailer that sells Mega Millions tickets, making it really easy to get your money. For prizes higher than $600 there may be a few more steps, depending on where you live, so follow the link below to our full guide on claiming a prize.
How to Play
Playing Mega Millions is extremely easy regardless of if you’re a seasoned lottery player or entering for the first time. Just follow the steps below and you will be all set with an entry:
You need to choose five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega Ball from 1 to 25. If you don’t have a selection of numbers you want to play, or just can’t think of any, then you can use the QuickPick option which will randomly choose the numbers for you.
You have the option of choosing to include the Megaplier for an extra $1 on your ticket which will boost any non-jackpot prizes you win by 2 to 5 times the normal prize amount. You can also enter the same numbers or QuickPick for a number of draws in a row by selecting from the range on your ticket. Here you can also choose to enter Tuesday, Friday or both draws. Take your pick from all these extras and mark those you want to play, or just leave them blank and just enter one draw.
Each line entered will cost $2, or $3 if you include the Megaplier. Therefore, if you have entered your numbers into more than one drawing, the entry fee will be multiplied by the number of draws you have entered it into, so make sure you know how much the ticket will cost before you go to pay.
Put your tickets somewhere safe and wait for the draw to take place. The best way to make sure you can’t lose your ticket is to sign the back of it, as it would prevent anyone else from making a claim. You can find out more tips on how to play by viewing the full guide via the button below.