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Mega Millions

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.

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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 to be offered was US$1.53 billion and was won by one ticket holder from South Carolina on 23rd October 2018, making it the biggest prize ever to be claimed by a single ticket holder anywhere in the world. However, the jackpot fell just short of the $1.58 billion Powerball prize that was shared by three tickets in January 2016.