How to Play Mega Millions

Playing Mega Millions is extremely simple- just choose five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega Ball from 1 to 25, mark them on your ticket and then pay for your entries. Each entry will cost $2, or $3 if you also choose to add the Megaplier. You just need to store your ticket until the draw takes place and check it to see if you have won. Each step does have some small additional options which you can use to make playing Mega Millions more fun and beneficial, so you can follow the steps in our guide below for more details.

Picking your numbers

Choose Your Numbers

To participate you must choose five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega Ball from 1 to 25 for each entry. If you don’t have a set of numbers you want to play then just select the QuickPick option on your playslip and numbers will be chosen at random for you. You can also choose to enter a number of draws in a row and choose to add the Megaplier option to your entry if you wish.

Pay for your Entries

Pay for your Entries

Each entry will cost $2, or $3 if you have also included the Megaplier. If you have entered multiple lines on the same playslip then the price will be multiplied by the number of lines, and the same will also apply if you have entered the line into multiple draws. So for example three lines would cost $6, and those three lines entered for three draws would cost $18.

Keep your ticket Safe

Keep your ticket Safe

Keep your ticket stored somewhere safe and wait for the draw to take place. You can sign the back of your ticket to mean nobody else can claim the prize. However, if you then win the jackpot you might not be able to stay anonymous as the winning ticket becomes state property and your name would be revealed on the ticket should someone request it.

Although playing the lottery might sound complicated, in its simplest form it's very easy to buy a QuickPick ticket and then check your numbers once the draw has taken place. If that’s the way you want to participate and not include multiple draws or the Megaplier then that’s absolutely fine! The beauty of Mega Millions is that your single QuickPick entry has the same chance of winning as any other ticket.

Playing Online

Playing Mega Millions online has its advantages as you can enter from wherever you want and your ticket is always going to be stored safely. You just need a device that can access the internet to start and you can be well on your way to playing. The steps are just slightly different, as listed below:

  • Click the banner below to be taken to where you can play Mega Millions online
  • Choose your numbers, or choose a QuickPick to have your numbers chosen for you
  • Pick the number of draws to enter or to include the Megaplier, or ignore this step if you just want to enter one simple line
  • Create an account or sign into your account
  • Add funds to your account to pay for your entries
  • Pay for your entries
  • Check the tickets are in your account, usually in the ‘My Account’ section
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Once you follow these steps you are entered online and good to go. Your ticket will be stored online and will be automatically checked after the draw to see if you have won, or you can also check it manually. Usually prizes will be paid directly into your online account, but large prizes might be directly wired to your bank account. This is at the online retailer's discretion, but they should keep you informed the entire way through the claims process.