Mega Millions sits alongside Powerball in offering regular nine-figure jackpots to players in the US and beyond. Draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings, with ticket holders choosing five main numbers between 1 and 70 and a Mega Ball between 1 and 25, matching all six in order to win the top prize. Players can enter for US$2 per game, and the jackpot has a minimum value of US$40 million, increasing rapidly with rollovers.Latest Mega Millions Results ›
Mega Millions Prizes
Mega Millions prizes start at US$2 for matching just the Mega Ball, with nine winning tiers in total, including the multimillion-dollar jackpot. The jackpot is the only variable prize tier, with the others offering set amounts for matching various numbers of balls. The only exception is California, where laws state that the value of the awards must all be based on ticket sales and the number of winners in the same tier.
There is a one in 24 chance of winning any Mega Millions prize. Here are the prize tiers and odds of winning:
|Numbers Matched||Prize||Odds of Winning|
|5 + Mega Ball||Jackpot||1 in 302,575,350|
|5||$1 million||1 in 12,607,306|
|4 + Mega Ball||$10,000||1 in 931,001|
|4||$500||1 in 38,792|
|3 + Mega Ball||$200||1 in 14,547|
|3||$10||1 in 606|
|2 + Mega Ball||$10||1 in 693|
|1 + Mega Ball||$4||1 in 89|
|Mega Ball||$2||1 in 37|
Mega Millions Megaplier
Most American states have the option to add the Megaplier feature to tickets for an additional fee of US$1, multiplying non-jackpot winnings by up to five times.
The Megaplier ball is dispensed before the main draw and ranges from 2 to 5. With the Megaplier option selected, a player who had won US$5,000 in the main Mega Millions draw would see their prize treble to US$15,000 if the Megaplier was 3. Here are the odds of each Megaplier ball being drawn:
|Megaplier||Odds of Being Drawn|
|2x||1 in 3|
|3x||1 in 2.5|
|4x||1 in 5|
|5x||1 in 15|
Just the Jackpot
For US$3, the Just the Jackpot wager allows Mega Millions players to bet on two sets of numbers for a chance to win the top prize only. This unique concept is open to players in most states, and means that they cannot claim any awards in the lower tiers, even if they match some of the numbers drawn.
Mega Millions Winners
The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever was US$656 million and was shared between three ticket holders on 30th March 2012. Merle and Patricia Butler from Illinois, three Maryland residents branded The Three Amigos and an anonymous player from Kansas each received US$218.6 million before taxes.
This win held the record for the largest jackpot win in world lottery history until America’s other massive multistate lottery Powerball reached US$1.58 billion in January 2016.