Frequently Asked Questions about Mega Millions

Below we have taken a list of all the common questions people have about Mega Millions and answered them, so use the below guide if you are struggling to get to grips with anything Mega Millions related.

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When do the Mega Millions draws take place?

Draws take place twice a week on a Tuesday and Friday night at 23.00 ET in Atlanta, Georgia.

When was Mega Millions launched?

Mega Millions launched in 1996 as 'The Big Game' with just six participating states. In 2002, its name was changed to Mega Millions and an increasing number of states have joined the game since that time.

Does Mega Millions have a guaranteed minimum jackpot amount?

Yes. The guaranteed minimum jackpot is $20 million.

How do I win playing Mega Millions?

You win prizes by matching the numbers on your ticket to those that are selected during the draw, with the more balls you match meaning the bigger the payout you win. There are nine winning prize tiers in Mega Millions, with prizes awarded for matching just the Mega Ball. To win the jackpot, a player must match all five main numbers plus the Mega Ball drawn. View the prizes available and odds of winning on the Mega Millions Prizes page.

Can I enter Mega Millions if I live outside a participating State or Jurisdiction?

Unfortunately not- you will need to head over to a participating state or jurisdiction to play.

If I win, how long do I have to claim my prize?

Claim periods vary from state to state and are between 180 days and a year. Check the claim period for your state here. Players are also advised to check the rules of the state where the ticket was purchased as prizes not claimed within the specified time period will expire.

How old do I have to be to play Mega Millions?

The minimum age to play Mega Millions varies from state to state and is between 18 and 21. Players wishing to purchase tickets online must be aged 18 or over.

Are Mega Millions winnings taxed?

Yes. Jackpot winnings are subject to both state and federal taxes which vary from state to state. Find out how much tax you would pay if you won a Mega Millions prize by visiting the Taxes page.

Does Mega Millions have a rollover limit or jackpot cap?

No. Mega Millions does not have a rollover limit or jackpot cap and will continue to roll over until a player matches all five main numbers and the Mega Ball drawn.

Where can I see the latest winning Mega Millions numbers?

Find the winning numbers and a prize breakdown for each draw by visiting the dedicated page.

What is the Megaplier?

The Megaplier is an additional game which is offered at $1 per line, boosting the value of any non-jackpot prizes by 2 – 5x their non-Megaplier value. Players should be aware that the Megaplier is not available in California, as state law requires all lottery prizes to be pari-mutuel.

How do I identify a lottery scam?

If you have received a letter, email, phone call, or text message saying that you have won a large amount of money and you haven’t purchased a lottery ticket, then it is a scam and you should not respond with any details. Scams can be reported to your state’s attorney general. Read more about scams.

How do I claim Mega Millions winnings?

Prizes must be claimed in the state where your ticket was purchased. If you played online, non-jackpot prizes are paid into your account. If you win the jackpot, you will be contacted by a representative after the numbers have been checked and you will then be guided through the claims process.

What are the odds of winning a Mega Millions prize?

The overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24. Find out more about Mega Millions prizes and odds by visiting the dedicated page.

What is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won?

The biggest jackpot won was $1.537 billion on October 23rd 2018 and it was scooped by a single ticket purchased in Simpsonville, South Carolina. Take a look at some of the other biggest Mega Millions winners here.

Where can I watch the Mega Millions drawing live?

Mega Millions drawings and results are broadcast through many TV stations, including; WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta, CBS-8 in California and WABC-7 in New York.

How many states participate in Mega Millions?

At present, 45 states and two jurisdictions, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, participate.

What time do Mega Millions ticket sales close?

For tickets purchased through a retailer, the cut off time for purchases varies from state to state so please check with the lottery provider in your jurisdiction.

Where can I find the latest Mega Millions statistics?

Find the latest statistical information including the most common numbers and most overdue numbers on the Mega Millions Statistics page.

What are the payout options for winning the jackpot?

If you win a Mega Millions jackpot, you will have the choice of receiving your winnings as a cash payout or as an annuity. You can learn about the two different options on the Cash vs Annuity page.

What is Just the Jackpot?

Just the Jackpot gives players two chances at winning the jackpot, rather than one. The price of Just the Jackpot ticket is $3 for two plays. Players must select five main numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25 to enter the drawings. If you choose the Just the Jackpot option, you will not be able to win secondary prizes that range from $2 to $1 million. You can learn more about Mega Millions Prizes on the dedicated page.

What are the most common Mega Millions numbers?

The most common winning Mega Millions numbers are available on the Statistics page.

What is the current Mega Millions jackpot?

The next Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $305 Million.

What happens if I win the jackpot?

If you win the Mega Millions jackpot, you can find out the steps to take to claim your winnings and how to protect your new fortune here.