Quick Pick vs Self Pick
To play Mega Millions, you must select five main numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from a pool of 25. Players have two options for choosing their Mega Millions numbers; you can either select your own numbers or you can choose the Quick Pick option, where the computer generates a line for you. Over the years, Quick Pick has proven to be more popular, and a greater percentage of Mega Millions jackpot winners have opted for this method.
Mega Millions Self Pick
Many players use birthdays, anniversaries, and other special numbers when selecting their own numbers, which makes the numbers more meaningful, as they have a personal significance. This can give players more confidence in the numbers that they have chosen.
The downside of using memorable dates is that you restrict the range of numbers from which you can pick. If a main number of 32 or above is drawn, you cannot win the jackpot.
By choosing your own line, it’s also easier to remember your numbers when checking the latest Mega Millions results.
Mega Millions Quick Pick
Quick Picks are a popular choice for Mega Millions players and around 70 percent of winners have purchased tickets in this way. The largest Mega Millions jackpot of 2017, worth $393 million, was won by a ticket holder who opted for Quick Pick in the drawing on August 11th, 2017. In addition, at least two of the three winning tickets holders who shared $656 million, the biggest Mega Millions jackpot of all time, on March 30th 2012 chose the Quick Pick option.
Another reason why players prefer Quick Picks is that they take the hassle out of choosing your own numbers, as a random line is generated for you. If you are struggling to select your numbers or would like to leave your luck to fate, you may prefer this option.
Some players also prefer to buy Quick Pick tickets, as you are presented with a totally different set of numbers for each drawing. Using your own numbers in every draw could lead to a calamity if they came up the one day you forgot to buy a ticket.
Odds of Winning
Whichever option you choose for picking your numbers, the odds of winning remain the same and it is entirely down to luck. The overall odds of winning a Mega Millions prize in any prize tier are 1 in 24 and the odds for winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
Have a look at the Mega Millions Prizes page for more information about rewards and the odds of winning in each prize tier.