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About Mega Millions
Mega Millions is one of the 2 biggest jackpot games in America, with a starting jackpot of $15 million and a massive $656 million jackpot record to be beaten! There is no jackpot cap so the sky’s the limit – each week it is not won and rolls over, another US$5 million is added to the jackpot.
Other prize tiers range from as little as $1 all the way up to $1 million, as well as an additional $5 million jackpot prize with the extra game Megaplier…
Draws take place every Tuesday and Friday, at 11pm Eastern Time, in Atlanta, Georgia.
History of Mega Millions
The Big Game was the original name for this lottery when it started in 1996, which was then renamed to Mega Millions 6 years later. The first drawing for Mega Millions was in 2002.
In October 2013, changes occurred in the format of the drawings with the numbers picked were 5/56 + 1/46 – this changed to the current 5/75 + 1/15 format, which saw the jackpot estimate jump to $55 million. Players now choose 5 out of 75 white balls and 1 “Gold Ball” number out of 15.
How to play Mega Millions
In order to play the Mega Millions Lottery, players must purchase a ticket for US$2 in any of their local retailers in the US. However, players outside of the US are not able to participate unless they play with LottoPlus in a Mega Millions Syndicate.
Players have to pick 5 main numbers from a total of 75, and 1 extra number from a total of 15 Gold coloured Mega Balls. The draws then take place every Tuesday and Friday evening, and the results are updated shortly after this.
Overall odds of winning any prize is 1 in 14.7 with the odds for the jackpot being 1 in 258.9 million.
Largest Jackpot Record
In March 2012, the Mega Millions had experienced a historical event when the jackpot reached the highest ever in history at $ 656 million. There were 3 winning tickets from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland, each walking away with a whopping $158 million each. This jackpot was then knocked off the top by US Powerball in February 2016.
Another historical event happened on December 17, 2013, when 2 jackpot winners won the second highest jackpot in Mega Millions and American history of $648 million – each taking home an incredible sum.
The largest Mega Millions prize with bearing only one single ticket was $326 million, and it was purchased in New York and won on November 4, 2014.
Charities Mega Millions Supports
An amount of up to 50% of Mega Millions sales is returned to players, with the remaining 50% being split between marketing and operations, as well as the lotteries in those 45 jurisdictions offering the game, using the proceeds to help local causes such as Sport, Education, and Health.
For anyone that purchases a Mega Millions ticket gets the option to buy the added feature, Megaplier. Players have the opportunity to multiply any of their non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5. For example, if you won the US$1 million second prize then the Multiplier numbers drawn is 5, then your prize will increase to US$5 million!