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04 Apr 2020
The USA Mega Millions Lotto is quick and easy to pick up and really fun to play. You will choose 5 numbers between 1 to 70 which are called the white balls and then the gold mega ball number that ranges between 1 to 25. You win the lotto by getting all 6 numbers correct. The lottery is currently played across 45 different states. The drawings are held twice a week on Tuesday and Friday at 23:00 EST, in South Africa it will be 05h00 on Wednesday and Saturday. The Mega Millions often creates some of the largest jackpots in the world. The starting jackpot of Mega Millions is $40 million and does roll over with a $5 million minimum.
The US Mega Millions also offers a Megaplier feature that increases non-jackpot prizes by 2,3,3 and even 5 times. It does cost an extra $1 per play. It is drawn before the Mega Millions main draw on Tuesday and Friday. There is a pool of 15 balls 5 of them are marked with 2X then 6 if then with 3X then 3 with 4X and then the last one with 5X. The Megaplier is not available in California.
You will also find that in some states they have a special offer called Just the Jackpot. Just as the name states this feature allows you to only play for the jackpot. At a price of $3 you as the player will receive 2 plays for the jackpot only. The tickets will not be eligible for any other prize levels.
Mega Millions information
|USA Mega Millions||Tuesday 23:00 EST||1-70 +1-25
|Friday 23:00 EST|
Prize pool Categories
|Prize tier||Prize||Odds of winning
|0 numbers + Mega ball||$2||1 in 36
|1 number + Mega ball||$4||1 in 89
|3 numbers ||$10||1 in 606
|2 Numbers+ Mega ball||$10||1 in 693
|3 Numbers + Mega ball||$200||1 in 14,547
|4 numbers||$500||1 in 38,792
|4 numbers + Mega ball||$10 000||1 in 931,001
|5 numbers||$1 million ||1 in 12,607,306
|5 numbers + Mega ball||Jackpot||1 in 302,575,350
|Winning tier||X2 (odds: 1 in 3)||X3 (odds: 1 in 2.5)||4x (odds: 1 in 5)||5x (odds: 1 in 15)
|4 numbers + Mega ball||$20,000||$30,000||$40,000||$50,000
|3 Numbers + Mega ball||$400||$600||$800||$1,000
|2 Numbers+ Mega ball||$20||$30||$40||$50
|1 number + Mega ball||$8||$12||$16||$20
|0 numbers + Mega ball||$4||$6||$8||$10
If you are situated in South Africa you will easily be able to play Mega Millions with the rest of the world.
Each player has to select 5 number between 1-70 and then a Mega ball number between 1-25. A basic Mega Millions ticket costs $2 and most states also offer the Megaplier option where you have to pay $1 extra to multiply any prize won other than the jackpot.
You can choose the lottery numbers yourself or you can also try the quick pick option which generates the numbers randomly for you. You can also use a Mega millions number Generator online that generates random numbers for you. From the 28th of October some states will also offer Just the Jackpot where you play just for the jackpot. If you opt in for this feature it will cost you $3 for 2 tickets.
Step by step guide on how to play Mega Millions
Mega Millions began on the 31st of August in 1996 and was called The Big Game. The first drawing of The Big Game took place on the 6th of September in 1996 with only 6 states participating. When the lottery grew more popular over the time they decided to add a Tuesday drawing in February 1998 and so everything progressed further giving players a larger choice of numbers and a cash payout option and then New Jersey joined in as the seventh state in May 1999.
Then in May 2002 the name was changed to Mega Millions. 2 new states joined after and the prize amounts were changed to produce more excitement among the players. Then in September 2002 Washington became the 10th state and followed by Texas that joined in December 2003 and then California joined in June 2005 becoming the 12th state member.
On then 31ste of January 2019 a whopping 23 more state lotteries joined the Mega Millions making it a historic cross-selling agreement. Additional lotteries joined after making Mega Millions played by 47 jurisdictions, 45 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S Virgin Islands. On the 30th of March in 2012 the world’s largest jackpot to that date by Mega Millions was won by 3 winning tickets in Illinois, Maryland and Kansas. This jackpot prize was $656 million and stood for almost 4 years when the Powerball reached a jackpot of $1,586 billion in January 2016.
In October 2017 raised their ticket price from $1 apiece to $2 and dropping the number of white balls from 75 to 70 and instead of 15 numbers to choose from the Mega ball they changed it to 25. The starting jackpot also increased from $15 million to $40 million. All these changed put Mega Millions in line with the Powerball lottery that has been busy attracting a lot of players due to its record breaking jackpots.
The first Mega millions jackpot in 2020 was won on the 11th of February in New Jersey. The winner matched all the five white balls. The winning numbers were 4, 6, 32, 52 and 64 the Mega ball was 6. The lucky winner won $202 million. There were another 689,521 additional other winning tickets. The lucky winner located in West Virginia got the five white balls correct and won $1 million. 14 other players won $10 000 dollars each for matching 4 white balls and the Mega ball. 2 of these 14 tickets were a prize of $20 000 because they opted in for the Megaplier option.
The jackpot had been rolling over since it was last was on the 17th of December in Ohio. During this jackpot run there was a total of 7,8 million winning tickets sold. This was the jackpot winner included and 17 other tickets with prize values of $1 million or more.
|Jackpot prize||Amount of tickets that won||Date
|$1,537 billion||1 winning ticket ||10/23/2018
|$656 million||3 winning ticket||3/30/2012
|$648 million||2 winning ticket||12/17/2013
|$543 million ||1 winning ticket||7/24/2018
|$536 million||1 winning ticket||7/8/2016
|$533 million ||1 winning ticket||3/30/2018
|$522 million ||1 winning ticket||6/7/2019
|$451 million||1 winning ticket||1/5/2018
|$437 million||1 winning ticket||1/1/2019
|$414 million||2 winning ticket||3/8/2014
Comparison of different lotteries.
|Mega Millions||Euro Millions||Ithuba National Lottery||SuperEnalotto||Lotto United Kingdom
|Odds of winning The jackpot||1 in 302,575,350||1 in 139,838,160||1 in 20,358,520||1 in 622,614,630||1 in 45,057,474|
|Highest jackpot won||$1.537 billion|| £193m||R232,131,750||€209m||£170.2 m
|Draw days||Tuesday, Friday||Tuesdays, Fridays ||Wednesday, Saturday||Tuesday, Thursday, |
|Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
|Date of the biggest jackpot||2018||2011|
|Number drawn the most amount of times||23||17||16||51||23|
|Starting Jackpot||$40,000,000||€17,000,000||R1,000,000||€1,300,000||£2,500,000 / £5,000,000
Odds of winning
|Lottery ||Overall odds
|French Lotto||1 in 6
|SA Lotto||1 in 96
|SA powerball||1 in 36
|Mega Millions ||1 in 14.71
|UK Lotto||1 in 9,3
|Austrian Lotto||1 in 12
|EuroMillions ||1 in 13
|State||Year joined||Claims period||Jackpot winners|
|Wyoming||2014||180 days ||0|
|Wisconsin||2010||180 days ||0|
|West Virginia||2010||180 days||0|
|Virgin Islands||2010||6 months||0|
|South Dakota||2010||180 days||0|
|North Dakota||2010||180 days||0|
|New Mexico||2010||90 days||0|
|District of Columbia||2010||180 days||0|
|South Carolina||2010||180 days||1|
|Rhode Island||2010||1 year||1|
|New Hampshire||2010||1 year||2|
|North Carolina||2010||180 days||2|
|New Jersey||1999||1 year||24|
|New York||2002||1 year||38|
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The Mega Millions drawing are always conducted under rigid security procedures.
All prizes will be subjected to income tax. You can consult your regional financial advisor for more information.
The top 8 hot numbers are 17, 31, 12, 4 8, 56, 9, 30, 14
The top 8 cold numbers are 1, 2, 26, 45, 69, 5, 15, 21
The Mega Millions draw is drawn every Tuesday and Friday at 23:00 EST that means it is drawn on Wednesday and Saturday at 5:00 am
The top 3 hot mega ball numbers are 22, 20, 24
If you have 3 numbers correct it will get you a prize of $10.
There is no way that you can possibly cheat the lottery. It is impossible to cheat all the numbers are selected randomly.
The Megaplier gives you the option to increase your non jackpot winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. It does cost an extra $1 to play Megaplier.
The safest way to claim your prize is to follow the instructions on the official website of the lottery.
Just the jackpot is a option where you okay just for the jackpot. You pay an amount of $3 and receive 2 tickets that are only eligible for the jackpot.
Claims vary in each state but it usually ranges from 90 days to a year
Mega Millions is not responsible for any lost or stolen tickets. You are responsible for the safekeeping of your own ticket.
if you do not meet the required time to claim your jackpot each of the participating states that contributed to that unclaimed jackpot will receive all their money back.
Yes, the prize can be shared. You can decide to do what you want with the prize once you have claimed it. Some restrictions do apply so make sure you check the state where you bought the tickets on their restrictions.